FIA F2 Championship, Abu Dhabi, Race Preview
The Yas Marina circuit is set to host the traditional FIA Formula 2 Championship finale in Abu Dhabi and Team Trident will line-up with a refreshed line-up including full-time runner Giuliano Alesi and promising rookie Christian Lundgaard. The goal for Team Trident will be to highlight the skills of its drivers under the lights of the Emirates venue.
Almost two months after the previous round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season at Sochi, the teams and drivers of the series will be back in action under artificial lights at Yas Marina, a state-of-the-art venue laying on an artificial island in the southern part of the Persian Gulf which traditionally hosts the final race meeting of the year.
Team Trident will line-up at the Emirates venue with a new and exciting line-up consisting on Ferrari Driver Academy-supported driver Giuliano Alesi and by 18-year-old and Renault Sport Academy member Christian Lundgaard. The 18-year-old Dane will be at his first outing in the championship. Born in Hedensted, he is coming from a great year in the FIA Formula 3 Championship which started with a front row start and a second place in the Barcelona opener. Lundgaard ended the F3 season in sixth place overall. His balance includes one win, two poles and two fastest laps. An outstanding score for a rookie who was coming from a runner-up finish in the Formula Renault Eurocup.
Second-generation racer Alesi will be at his 12th round of the year having scored 10 points so far with two seventh places and an eighth place to his name in the two previous rounds at Monza and Sochi. The technical staff of the Team Trident did a meticulous preparatory work for the Abu Dhabi race. The team's goal is to end the season with a high-level performance, so to boost the preparation for the next season in the wake of an important result.
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will light up at 11:30 am on Friday for the first free practice session. Qualifying will start under artificial lights in the evening, at 7:00 pm. The Feature Race will also be held at night, at 6:45 pm on Saturday. The Sprint Race will then round out the season at 1.30pm on Sunday. Times are expressed in local time, three hours in advance of the CET
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"We face Yas Marina with strong motivations. We will rely on a very young but valuable line-up. We will do our best to allow our young stars to shine in the spotlight of the Emirates. Alesi will have to confirm his growth trend with another convincing performance, in line with what happened in the latest rounds. We are also proud to welcome Christian Lundgaard for his series debut. We appreciated his skills as rivals in the FIA Formula 3 Championship and we consider him one of the brightest prospects of Motorsport.”