Following a year-long absence from the calendar, Formula 2’s return to the Azerbaijan street circuit has been hotly anticipated by both drivers and fans alike, as the series reaches its 100th race this weekend.
Since its debut in GP2 in 2016, Baku has continuously provided exhilarating racing, with only 13 drivers managing to finish either the Feature Race and Sprint Race last time out.
“We’ve seen Jack Aitken stall on the grid and still finish P2 in the race, so everything can happen here. I think it’s an exciting track and I’m just looking forward to doing Practice, then I think we’ll take it from there and see how it goes.”
Aitken’s surprise victory from eighth on the grid in 2019 proves that anything is possible and Lundgaard is hoping that his luck will turn on the streets of Baku, following a disappointing weekend in Monaco.
It was a frustrating weekend for the Alpine Academy driver, failing to score any points as he retired from both Sprint Races and finished 12th in Feature Race. Meanwhile, his ART team mate Théo Pourchaire was making headlines, becoming the youngest race winner in Formula 2 history.
Yet unlike Monte Carlo, this weekend should provide ample opportunities for drivers to move up the grid and capitalise on the reverse grid Sprint Race format, with the slipstream being a crucial factor around the 6km track.
“Looking at previous years from here, obviously the straight is a good overtaking opportunity. I think there is quite a few of them, with some changes to the track this year with kerbs.”
With a quarter of the season already completed, the Danish driver knows his four race non-points finishing streak must come to an end, as Formula 2’s championship battle continues to heat up.
Will Christian Lundgaard be able to bring home points for ART in Baku?
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