FIA F2 Championship, Abu Dhabi, Feature Race Report
The Team Trident drivers posted convincing performances at the Emirati track. Giuliano Alesi scored the 8th place and will start from the pole position in tomorrow's Sprint race, while Christian Lundgaard experienced a solid debut in the series.
Team Trident drivers Giuliano Alesi and Christian Lundgaard performed at extremely convincing levels in the Feature Race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Emirati track of Yas Marina, home to the 12th and final round of the season. The 20-year-old second-generation racer took-off well from the sixth row of the grid and delivered a remarkable race, ending up in 8th place despite a five-second penalty due to a Safety-Car violation. The Frenchman managed to execute some great overtakes in the final part of his run and gained the chance of starting from the pole position in tomorrow's Sprint Race.
Great news came from 18-year-old Danish rookie Christian Lundgaard, making his debut in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend. The young rookie, born in Hedensted, set up a solid pace in the first stint on "prime" tires. In the final part of the Feature Race, after coming back to the pits to put on the softer "option" tires, he could not catch up with the pack fighting for the top-10 but his overall performance was outstanding.
The Team Trident drivers will now analyze the data collected with their technical staff in order to make precise preparations for the Sprint Race which will start at 13:30 local time, 10:30 Italian time tomorrow.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“Today's race was certainly a positive one for the team. Alesi took a brilliant eighth place at the end of a comeback drive. He got an excellent start and maintained a punchy pace throughout the race, making excellent overtakes. Very positive notes also came from Christian Lundgaard, who really got good chemistry with this new category for him especially with the "prime" tires, with which he delivered an impressive first stint. After moving to the "option" compound, he did not find the right feeling with the rear end and, unfortunately, he was not able to catch up with the drivers fighting for the tenth position, who were using the "prime" compound.”