ART GP driver Christian Lundgaard is ‘definitely not satisfied’ with the first half of his Formula 2 season and hopes to improve consistency before the end of the season.
By Charlie Parker
Speaking before his IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Danish driver has admitted he is not pleased with the season so far: “It’s been a tricky one, we all know where we stand in the championship and I’m definitely not satisfied with that”.
Lundgaard currently sits 12th in the F2 standings on 28 points, 80 points behind championship leader, Oscar Piastri.
Both his Alpine stablemates Piastri and Guanyu Zhou are ahead of him in the championship, and also sit atop the F2 standings; both with more than three times the points Lundgaard has.
“We need to minimise the number of mistakes we make, improve our decision making and consistency,” said Lundgaard.
“Going into this year, I hoped that the consistency would improve because of what we learned in 2019. That is our main goal, if we can turn that around, then the results will come.”
Lundgaard’s best result was back in the first weekend of the season, where he finished second in Sprint Race two. A third-place finish in the most recent event at Silverstone has been the only other highlight in a season that includes three retirements and five finishes outside the top 10:
“The team and I know that we’re not in the position that we want to be, and we need to work even harder to improve that.
“We’re halfway through the season and, as much as possible, we will try and turn things around, but I think some dramatic changes need to be done for us to enter the championship picture.”
The curse of the second ART seat seems to have reared its ugly head again as Lundgaard’s teammate Theo Pourchaire sits sixth in the standings with a spectacular race win in Monaco on his resume. The youngest F2 race winner has impressed in his rookie season, whereas Lundgaard has been the unluckiest driver on the grid.
The 20-year-old will look to take baby steps instead of giant leaps to finish off the season: “If we can improve the car by 10 percent, for example, half a tenth per lap, we would be happy”.
Alpine, however, are not worried about his form. Alpine’s Academy Director Mia Sharizman remained optimistic about the season: “We know his level of talent and will stand beside him to get back to winning ways. For the remainder of the season consistency is everything.”
F2 will remain on summer break until the 10th of September, when they will head to Monza.
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