The Italian who scored a point for HWA-Racelab in the Feature race at Bahrain found himself without a Formula 2 drive after a lack of sponsorship saw him abandon his Formula 2 campaign, with series veteran Jack Aitken replacing Nannini for the Monte Carlo and Baku weekends.
However, after yesterday’s announcement from Petecof that he couldn’t race in Baku because of his own financial issues, Nannini was announced as his replacement at Campos. The Italian partners’ Swiss star Ralph Boschung scored a hat-trick of top-six finishes last time out in Monte Carlo.
Campos Racing’s sporting director Adrián Campos-Suñer Torres expressed his sympathy with Petecof as the Brazilian’s Formula 2 future looks uncertain.
“We feel sorry for Gianluca (Petecof) and the circumstances that prevented him from coming here, but we hope to have him with us again in the future. Furthermore, we are pleased to have Matteo (Nannini) joins us for this appointment, and we are sure he will be competitive due to his huge potential as a racing driver.”
Nannini thanked the Campos family for allowing him to race for the team in Baku, with the Italian also paying a brief tribute to the team’s founder Adrian Campos who passed away in January.
“I am very happy with the opportunity that Campos Racing has given me. I had a special friendship with Adrian Campos. He would have loved me to race with his team, and this weekend it becomes a reality. He will surely be very happy and will look at us from up there. I will give my best on the track. I thank all the Campos family again.”