Christian is retained by the programme for a fourth season after impressing in his first year in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. For 2020, Christian will race in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with ART Grand Prix.
You will race in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year, how excited are you for that?
I’m really looking forward for what’s going to be a big challenge. I think it’s the year which will decide a lot of things moving forward and therefore it’s the most important season of my career so far. In one way that does bring pressure, but I aim to focus on what I have to do. It’s going to be beneficial to stay with ART Grand Prix for a second, successive season as I already know the structure of the team and how they work. I can focus on what I have to do, and we can try and get the most out from it. The target is to win the championship.
What are the benefits of being a Renault Sport Academy driver?
Without Renault I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’d say last season exemplified the benefits of being part of Renault and I’m grateful for all their support. It’s a huge help and one day the aim is to get to Formula 1 and prove they did the right investment.
How busy will you be supporting the Formula 1 team in 2020?
Last season we did some simulator days and F1 tests in the R.S.17. Hopefully we can do more of that this year. It’s very helpful to learn how the team works and also learning more about the Formula 1 car. There will be some simulator sessions to work through again this year along with the racing, so it means it will be a busy schedule and I have to make sure I have everything well planned.
How much training are you having to put in over the winter?
Over the winter I’ve been doing a lot of training to prepare for this new challenge in Formula 2. Having said that, having completed a race weekend and the test in Abu Dhabi, I didn’t find that the Formula 3 car and the Formula 2 are too dissimilar to drive. I thought the Formula 2 car felt a bit lighter and maybe easier to drive. There is an extra endurance challenge to be ready for as the races are longer. You need to keep yourself fit for the next level, so at the moment I’m working towards being prepared for Formula 1; both mentally and physically.