Christian Lundgaard, in regards to his nationality, isn’t walking all too familiar a path. Danish Formula One drivers, after all, have tended to be few and far between. There were 11 years between Nicolas Keisa and Kevin Magnussen who lost his Haas seat at the end of last season. Now Lundgaard is looking to change that and fight his way onto the grid for 2022. Still only aged 19, he’s been picked out as one to watch for almost his entire racing career.
Lundgaard’s Karting, F4 and Formula Renault
The son of 2000 European Rally Champion, Henrik Lundgaard, it’s unsurprising that Christian would show an interest in racing. He began his karting career in 2012 and competed across Europe for the next five years with a lot of success including winning the 2015 CIK-FIA KFJ European Championship.
Renault signed Lundgaard to the Driver Academy back in March 2017. The same year MP Motorsport signed the young Dane for his first year in single-seaters. Lundgaard would compete in SMP (North-Eastern Europe) F4 and Spanish F4. Nine victories, seven poles and ten fastest laps would see him win the SMP championship with a round to go. Not a bad introduction to the single-seater world…
Lundgaard would remain with MP Motorsport for a 2018 season in Formula Renault Eurocup. It was another superb season with 4 wins as he became rookie champion and runner up to Max Fewtrell. Lundgaard would appear in GP3 with MP at the Paul Ricard round and tested for ART after the season.
Lundgard moves up to FIA F3
Interest in Lundgaard was high following his Eurocup success. In January 2019, ART Grand Prix announced Lundgaard had signed for the inaugural FIA F3 championship. A storming drive in the opening race saw Lundgaard win on the road but he was demoted to second place with a penalty for a safety car infraction. Undeterred, he would go on to win the Hungary Feature race and finished the season 6th overall.
ART and Lundgaard would join forces for the Macau GP that year as well with the Dane finishing 4th in the Grand Prix.
Christian Lundgaard: F2 racer
Trident signed Lundgaard to compete in the final round of the 2019 F2 season at Abu Dhabi. This race is often used to test following season drivers. He would finish out of the points in both races but his performance was enough for ART to sign him for 2020.
Two Sprint race victories and four other podiums was a decent haul for a rookie season. However, Renault would later express their disappointment though in all of their Junior drivers citing especially Lundgaard and Zhou‘s failure to challenge for the F2 title.
Christian Lundgaard: GP Grandstand Prediction
He’s clearly one of the strongest talents on the 2021 F2 grid. Having taken part in the Young Driver Test for Renault, he is still very much part of their future plans which of course ratchets up the pressure on Esteban Ocon. But it also increases the pressure on Lundgaard himself. He cannot afford to have 2021 be considered a disappointment by the RSA. A top 3 finish should see him safely navigate that particular trap.