Jack Aitken’s hobby and profession have the same goal: speed. The U.K. native is an up-and-coming race car driver. He made his Formula 1 debut in December 2020. Zipp ambassador Jack uses cycling for training for the rigors of motorsports. But the bike also offers him an escape from life’s pressures and a way to build friendships. Jack has visited SRAM Indy and even participated in the site’s annual Zipp 5k running race.
For 2022, Aitken again will be a Williams F1 Reserve Driver as well as race the European Le Mans Series in LMP2 cars and GT3 racing with Lamborghini, in Europe. Learn more about how cycling has a passion and purpose for the bike:
Race photos © Williams Racing
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in London, in the U.K., until I was about 18 or 19, and then I moved up to Oxfordshire, where the motorsports community in the U.K. is based.
What is your athletic background?
My athlete background is a bit mixed. When I was younger, I was very small and skinny, which usually doesn’t bode well for most sports. I didn’t get on the school team that often for anything. Then I discovered racing and karting, and I did well because I was light and small. That grew into what I do today. I’ve always been competitive, so I’ve always done lots of different sports. I’m just not very good at a lot of them. But cycling is another place where I’ve found my size to an advantage. I also love to run, and I love trying out high-intensity workouts in the gym.
What are you most known for?
I’m probably most known for making my Formula 1 debut a year-and-a-half ago in Bahrain with Williams Formula 1 Team. I’m what you call a reserve driver, which means that if one of the team’s drivers can’t race for whatever reason, they have a person who will replace them. That means I also do a lot of testing for the team with the car, developing it. I do my racing as well in Endurance and places like La Mans. I’ve been part of Formula 1 academies and young driver’s programs for five or six years.