Lundgaard Leaves Monza With Back-to-Back Podiums
Christian Lundgaard returned to form in Monza after taking podiums in both Formula 2 Feature Race and Sprint Race this weekend.
After disappointing weekends in Barcelona and Spa for the Danish driver, Monza has seen him bounce back. He took a second place finish on Sunday after Dan Ticktum’s disqualification. This is his second podium in succession, after only having one points finish in the previous five races.
At lights out, Lundgaard kept it clean and took fifth position. However, Mick Schumacher was a man on a mission this weekend and managed to get past Lundgaard a lap later.
Lundgaard then went on the charge with seven laps to go, diving past the Charouz of Louis Delétraz to take the final podium position. He then took advantage of the Virtual Safety Car restart to go straight on the attack for second from Callum Ilott, who managed to hold the position at the finish line.
Speaking about his chances of getting second at the restart, he said: “I was hoping, but I don’t think we really had the pace to really go for it. Louis (Delétraz) had a really good VSC restart, and I was a bit worried to drop behind him at that point. I managed to stay ahead, and then was trying to attack Callum, but I didn’t seem to quite have the pace.
“In the end, you want to finish P1 or P2 definitely, but considering our previous races, I’m happy to have back-to-back podiums. We’ve scored more points this weekend than we have in the last three or four weekends, so I’m fairly satisfied with this weekend.”
The Danish driver’s successful weekend has seen him climb from seventh to fifth in the drivers’ standings. He’ll be hoping to continue this form into the next round at Mugello, however, he is still cautious about his championship potential.
Lundgaard said: “We’ve got another race again next week, and then we’ve got the last three race weekends after that. The fight is still on. We’ve caught up to the leaders in the Championship, with a bit of luck as well, but you need that sometimes. I think this was our weekend.”
Will Lundgaard close the gap even more to the leading pack next time out or is the championship a three-way battle between Ilott, Schumacher and Shwartzman?
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