FIA F2 Championship, Abu Dhabi, Sprint Race Report
In the Sprint race held at the Emirati racetrack, Giuliano Alesi secured a solid fifth place after leading the opening part of the running. Rookie Christian Lundgaard barely missed a top-10 position.
In the Sprint Race that rounded out the final weekend of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the scenic Yas Marina track, Team Trident racer Giuliano Alesi brought home a convincing fifth position confirming his good chemistry with the Emirati track. Starting from pole position, Alesi firmly maintained the lead in the opening part Sprint Race. After delivering some fast laps, the 20-year-old Frenchman had to deal with rear tire degradation issues and could not contain the attacks of the contenders fighting for second place in the championship.
Alesi's performance was certainly impressive, handing the Ferrari Driver Academy graduate his best finish of the season. In the last three rounds of the series held at Monza, Sochi and Abu Dhabi, the second-generation racer was a stable points finisher reflecting his season-long growing trend.
Lining-up for his first event, rookie Christian Lundgaard posted a consistent performance, making no mistakes and recovering from the 17th position on the grid to the 12th place at the end. His run was highlighted by excellent overtakes on much more experienced drivers. The young Dane definitely experienced an encouraging series debut.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We are satisfied with today's performance. Alesi started very well from the front of the starting grid and led the initial stages. After the first part of the Sprint Race, he started to suffer issues related to thermal degradation at the rear but still managed to post a remarkable fifth place which is his best result of the season. Turning to Lundgaard, he started well but got a bit stuck in the first corner having started from the back. In the remaining part of the race, his pace was convincing and he made good overtakes, inching closer and closer to the top ten. We have been positively impressed by his performance”.