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Nannini returns to F2 with move to Campos

by Ida Wood

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Matteo Nannini will return to the Formula 2 grid in Baku this weekend with Campos Racing, after starting the season with HWA Racelab.

The 17-year-old missed the last round in Monaco, announcing he would be focusing on his parallel FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign with HWA instead and citing sponsorship reasons.

Jack Aitken took Nannini’s place for Monaco and Baku, but the departure of Gianluca Petecof from Campos has led to a space on the grid that Nannini has now taken up.

“I’m delighted to announce that I’m returning to Formula 2 with Campos Racing,” said Nannini.

“I want to thank the Campos family for this massive opportunity and I will do my best to make Adrian [Campos, the late team founder] proud up there.”

Nannini scored a point in his debut weekend in F2 at Bahrain, and his F3 campaign began at Barcelona with a podium that currently leaves him ninth in the points there.

The splitting of the F2 and F3 calendars this year has enabled Nannini to compete in both championships, and so far he has been the only driver to take up the chance of a double programme on the Formula 1 support bill.

It is only the Italian’s third year in car racing, having won the Formula 4 United Arab Emirates title and raced in Formula Regional European Championship in 2019 before stepping up to FIA F3 last year.

His F2 return is provisionally for one round, and leaves Campos and HWA still searching for drivers for round four of the season at Silverstone in July.