Campos signs Aitken and Samaia as Matsushita joins MP Motorsport in F2 for 2020
Spanish outfit Campos Racing has re-signed Jack Aitken and added Guilherme Samaia for 2020 FIA Formula 2 (F2) Championship.
Having joined Campos in 2019, Aitken brought some success to the team in terms of wins and podium as Renault. Now as a Williams test driver, the British-Korean racer will continue in F2 and with the Spanish outfit for his third season overall.
Aitken becomes the second Williams-backed driver in F2 with Daniel Ticktum competing for DAMS. The youngster will be joined by Brazilian rookie Samaia, who moves from Euroformula Open to compete in the F1 junior championship.
"F2 delivers some of the closest and hardest racing that you will find anywhere in the world," said Aitken. "So, I’m really happy to be getting back to it in 2020. It was important to find a race drive for this year, and it was logical to build on the excellent work we did with Campos Racing last year to go for another season.
"Campos Racing is a team made up of excellent individuals and I look forward to a new way of working with my race engineer Miguel and all of the rest of the guys. Last year we were fifth in the championship, but we were challenging for wins and the championship throughout the whole season, so that’s what we need to try and do again: build the season as a whole and make progress step by step.
"Last year we did a great job by winning three times. This year we will carry on that work by going for even more wins and the Championship itself." At the same time, Samaia added: "I’m really happy to join Campos Racing team for the 2020 F2 season. I feel I couldn’t be in a better place to come into the championship.
"Campos Racing showed strong and solid results last year and throughout their whole history. They are a very professional and reliable team. I am lucky to have such an experienced team and team-mate with me, which I will learn a lot from. I’m confident that together, we will be a strong presence this season.
"I would like to thank my sponsors and all those around me that made this possible. Joining F2 is a major step on my career, I feel ready to face the challenges it will bring me. I can’t wait to get started in this new era of Formula 2."
And finally, team boss Adrian Campos, added: "We are very certain that Campos Racing has all of the key ingredients to put together something pretty special with our driver line-up consisting of Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia, with whom we will be contesting the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
"I’m very proud to have Jack on-board once again and feel confident that we will achieve even bigger goals together. On the other hand, Guilherme is a young and promising driver with a nice future ahead. We thank him for trusting us."
Nobuharu Matsushita has switched to MP Motorsport for 2020 FIA Formula 2 (F2) Championship, to complete its driver line-up.
For Matsushita, it will be his fifth GP2/F2 season as he switches to MP Motorsport from Carlin Racing in 2020 alongside rookie Felipe Drugovich. It is the first time in his career where he will race for the Dutch outfit after competing with ART/Carlin.
It is unclear if Matsushita has shed his Honda junior status as he was not named in their list but it is likely the end as there is no mention of the Japanese manufacturer in the release and the tee he is wearing has no logo of the company either.
"I’m excited to join MP for a fresh assault on the FIA F2 Championship," said Matsushita, upon the announcement. "I’m convinced that together we will be able to create a package that will surprise all our rivals on the grid.
"Also, I hope that Felipe’s raw speed will spur me on to extract the best from myself in my efforts to add more victories to my FIA F2 win tally." Team manager Sander Dorsman added: "It’s great news that Nobu will be part of our team in 2020.
"In the past seasons, you could always count on him being up there fighting for the points and the wins, and I’m certain that his experience will help the team thrive in its search for success. He’s won in every F2 season that he competed in.
"And of course I’m hoping for this trend to continue in 2020! Also, Nobu will be a formidable yardstick for Felipe going into his debut season in FIA F2." With this, the only seats remaining is one at Carlin and one at Trident - although the latter is yet to confirm Roy Nissany for one of its seat.
2020 F2 line-up so far:
Prema: Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman
HWA Racelab: Artem Markelov and Giuliano Alesi
ART Grand Prix: Marcus Armstrong and Christian Lundgaard
UNI-Virtuosi Racing: Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou
DAMS: Daniel Ticktum and Sean Gelael
MP Motorsport: Felipe Drugovich and Nobuharu Matsushita
Carlin: Yuki Tsunoda
Hitech GP: Luca Ghiotto and Nikita Mazepin
Campos Racing: Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia
[Image courtesy: MP Motorsport] [Note: This story was also written by me on FormulaRapida.net]