British-Korean Formula 2 driver Jack Aitken has announced that he will no longer be a part of the Renault Academy, ending a relationship that began in 2016.
Joining the Formula One paddock in GP3 in 2016, following on from claiming the Formula Renault Eurocup the previous year, Aitken quickly established himself as one of the front-runners. Ending 2016 fifth in the standings with Arden, Aitken then raced as teammate to champion George Russell at ART, finishing second.
Both Russell and Aitken proressed to F2 with ART and, while Russell took the title and subsequently joined Williams in F1, Aitken could only manage P11 in the standings with just a single win to his name.
For 2019, Aitken joined the less fancied Campos team. His experience of the category shone through however, and Aitken was able to exceed expectations by taking fifth in the championship along with three wins.
"I would like to express my thanks to Renault and the Academy for helping me reach a position where I can now take a very exciting next step in my career which will keep me on course to fulfill my ambition of reaching the very top of motorsport," said Aitken via a press release.
"I wish the Renault F1 Team and its drivers every success for the future.
"I am not yet in a position to announce my plans for the forthcoming season but stay tuned to my social media channels for all the latest news which should be made public very soon."
Today, I announce my departure from @RenaultF1Team. I can only say how much I’ll miss every single one of you guys, and moments at Enstone will forever by highlights of my life. Thank you for all you’ve done for me, and wish you the best. Onto a new chapter, and a fresh start. ✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/vYkDpZfY71
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