In what has been a really fun day guest wise, Sport Grill’s latest interview is with GP3 title contender and Renault’s Young Driver Academy member, Great Britain’s Jack Aitken.
Aitken: I guess Schumacher, but to be honest I never idolised anybody, I have a huge amount of respect for what he achieved.
Aitken: It was an interesting experience, I spent a lot of time with the same guys and we got really close, but by the end I was definitely ready to move on to another team. You can only grow so much with one team, even though we achieved a lot of success like you say!
Aitken: It was really, really tough! I wouldn’t recommend it, because they both detract from the other, and you could see that as when I finished my exams my race results immediately shot up.
Aitken: I was surprised when I looked back at the end of the year, but when I was doing it I kind of expected that level, as we’d been quick in testing and I was coming together as a driver after leaving school properly.
Aitken: Definitely learning how to handle the Pirelli tyres, I had quite an aggressive driving style to begin with and Arden were really good with teaching me. In the end we had 6 or 7 podiums in a row!
Aitken: I’m excited to fight for a title always, though things this year haven’t fallen our way as much as I’d like. But we’re showing great pace, race craft and generally fighting hard every time we go out there, so all I can do is keep pushing for the last two rounds.
Aitken: Obviously, F1 is every young driver’s ambition, and I’m no different. Renault offer a huge opportunity in this sense and have been very helpful so far, and I’m definitely still growing as a driver, so I hope to repay them one day soon!