Verge Meets: F2’s Jack Aiken

Verge was lucky enough to have a great chat with one of Formula 2 Campos Racing’s favourite drivers at the moment, Jack Aitken. We managed to have a glimpse inside of his world and what it takes to be on the track at just 23. From the very beginning racing has always been Jack’s passion and we learned all about how he got into the sport, gathered some great tips for anyone looking to get behind the wheel themselves and even some sneaky details on how he gears up pre-race!

 

Tell us a little bit more about yourself for people who may not be familiar

I’m 23 years old, born in London and living in Oxford now. I got into the sport from quite and early age, I was 7 years old but didn’t take it seriously until I was a late teenager.

 

I wanted to go karting when I was younger so I kept bugging my dad and he said if I pass my exams at school I’ll take you karting

 

How did you get into racing?

I was watching Formula 1 just like any other kid interested in it would, I didn’t miss any races and I loved my cars. I wanted to go karting when I was younger so I kept bugging my dad and he said if I pass my exams at school I’ll take you karting. So we kind of did it as a family thing but when I was 13 or 14 I started doing some international competitions and I started doing well so people would say that I could do this as a career. A few years ago Renault picked me as a young driver, and it’s so hard to get into these places and academies and to have the access to a Formula 1 team and just be able to walk into the factories any day and ask people things is incredible.

 

 

Tell us about what it was like when you had your first win

It was unreal and an addictive feeling! I’m a competitive person anyway in everything I do and I always wanted to participate in sports but racing was the first thing I was actually good at! I wasn’t an athletic kid, I was always quite small, so when I started doing well I was like ‘yeah this is the sport for me’.

 

I’m really into The Amity Affliction at the moment, I don’t think a lot of people would know it but if you listen to it it’s some heavy stuff!

 

What would your tips be for graduates or students looking to follow your path?

It’s a tough one because I’m very lucky in that I’m doing something I want to do from a very early age and it is very rarely like that. The best advice I can give is just try lots of stuff you’re interested in. If you’re into racing then just knock on peoples doors, British teams especially as they’re always looking for an extra hand. It may not be paid at first but you can do something to get a hand in and work your way up. If it’s driving that you’re interested in then get to your local kart track and just have a go! You’ll get a feel for where you’re at and just keep trying!

 

I’m trying to get the results and win the championship or be at least in the top two or three. If I can do that then hopefully I’ll be able to impress Renault enough to get one of the race seats!

 

Do you have a pre-race routine?

Yeah, I have a warm up that I do before the race to get everything working and to get mentally in the zone. I’ll listen to some music, at the moment I listen to Australian hip-hop – my girlfriend is Australian so she’s put me onto a lot of that. I’m really into The Amity Affliction at the moment, I don’t think a lot of people would know it but if you listen to it it’s some heavy stuff!

 

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Hopefully I’m in the position where I am trying to break through into Formula 1. I’ve been in Formula 2 for 2 years so I’m trying to get the results and win the championship or be at least in the top two or three. If I can do that then hopefully I’ll be able to impress Renault enough to get one of the race seats!

 

Huge thanks to F2 for setting up the interview.

All photos credit: LAT/Formula Motorsport Ltd.