After qualifying an excellent fifth on the grid for the opening race of the season, Jake’s efforts were curtailed before the race start on Saturday as a technical issue forced him into the pits at the end of the formation lap. Jake eventually rejoined the race and crossed the finishing line in 28th place.
Starting the second race from P28, Jake orchestrated an emphatic rise to P12 with some incisive overtakes. As the race neared its conclusion, a point-scoring finish looked to be on the cards until a late safety car halted his charge. His efforts in that race awarded him Sky Sports F1’s ‘Driver of the Day’ accolade.
With the series remaining at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for a second consecutive weekend, Jake and his HWA RACELAB team will be confident of further strong performances as the double-header provides a unique opportunity to learn and adapt in a like-for-like environment.
It’s a track Jake performs well at with a victory around the 4.32km circuit in GP3 in 2018 plus his and the team’s maiden win in FIA F3 last year as well. With variable weather conditions also a strong possibility, it’s all to play for as Jake enters the weekend.
"Whilst it was great to be back racing last weekend, it didn’t pan out as we’d hoped. But we proved we had great pace all through the weekend - as we often do at this track - and that was a real confidence boost. Hopefully we can have a clean run this time out and come away with some strong results to make up for what we lost!"