Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard finishes second in Formula 1 Vietnam Virtual Grand Prix

Renault Sport Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard finished a strong second place in the second instalment of the Official Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix Series. His result carries on Renault DP World F1 Team’s podium run following Guanyu Zhou’s win in the inaugural race two weeks ago.

Named the Vietnam Grand Prix in tribute to the postponed event, the race was held at Melbourne’s Albert Park on Codemasters’ Formula 1 2019 game.

Christian was joined by Australian V8 Supercars star Andre Heimgartner, who races a Castrol-backed Kelly Racing Mustang in the series.

Christian made a stellar start to the night, taking a comfortable pole position ahead of two current Formula 1 drivers, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Williams’ George Russell. Andre qualified fifteenth, narrowly behind 2009 world champion Jenson Button.

But an error in the game meant Christian was handed a five-place grid penalty after an unfortunate collision in qualifying, which he could not avoid, and he started in sixth.

Christian made a brilliant start, overtaking a number of cars ahead of him as he began to chase down Leclerc and his brother Arthur as well as Russell. The Dane made a brilliant overtake on the younger Leclerc brother at the outside of Turn 1 to reach second place.

The second Ferrari was just too far ahead to catch during the 28-lap race as Christian fell short by 14-seconds of the two-time Grand Prix winner.

Andre enjoyed some great battles with Button and Nicolas Latifi but finished outside the top 10 in sixteenth.

The race has over 1 million views on YouTube since its live broadcast on Sunday night.

Christian Lundgaard: “It was a super fun night taking part in the official Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix. I had a great qualifying and was comfortably quickest after a really good lap. Unfortunately, I had a penalty added at the end of the session, which I still don’t quite understand! I had to start from sixth place so to finish in second was awesome. It was great to race against some of the Formula 1 drivers and show what I can do.”

Andre Heimgartner: “What an awesome experience, even though the race didn’t go to plan. I had really good, on-track battles with some F1 drivers, which was enjoyable. I can now say I’ve been taken out by Jenson Button and I went wheel to wheel with some great racers. All in all a great experience, so thanks to Renault DP World F1 Team and Castrol for making it happen.”