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Lundgaard to replace Ricciardo?
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Cyril Abiteboul has named a potential replacement for Daniel Ricciardo should Ricciardo find a higher salary elsewhere. When discussing the possibility of signing Sebastian Vettel to the team to replace Ricciardo after his current Ferrari contract expires at the end of the 2020 season, he did not rule it out, but he maintained his stance about seeking another young driver.

“I don’t want to say no, as [Vettel] is a great driver, and a great champion. We worked together on the engine side and we won together. [But] I rather aspire to work with tomorrow’s drivers than yesterday’s. It really is very difficult to sum it up like that, so please don’t sum it up like that about Sebastian. Still, we also have a driver academy, with drivers who might come out of it in 2021 or 2022.

“We need to keep this in mind, as we created this academy in 2016 with the goal of having a driver graduate to F1 in 2021. Now 2021 is coming, we have to acknowledge it. Typically, there’s Christian Lundgaard. He’s an option among others: he’s got his F2 season to do, we’ve got our own season to do with Daniel.”

Christian Lundgaard is an 18-year-old Danish driver and member of the Renault Sport Academy who is set to compete for ART Grand Prix in Formula 2 this season. He drove for the team in Formula 3 last season and finished in sixth place in the driver standings with one win and two podium finishes in 16 races.

As a member of the Renault Sport Academy, he won the 2017 SMP F4 Championship and the F4 Spanish Championship driving for MP Motorsport. He has also competed full-time in the F4 Danish Championship (2017), Formula Renault Eurocup (2018), Formula Renault NEC (2018) and the GP3 Series (2018).

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