Christian Lundgaard was left rueing the fine lines between success and failure at a street track as the ART Grand Prix driver’s difficult run of results continued in Baku, the Dane scoring just two points all weekend in the Feature Race.
Scoring points for the first time in six races, Lundgaard admitted that he was struggling for pace throughout Round 3, but he insisted that the result was “better than nothing,” after he finished eighth from a starting position of 12th.
Meanwhile, the Danish driver’s teammate, Théo Pourchaire, was forced to retire from the pitlane on Lap 1 after a collision with Dan Ticktum and Marcus Armstrong.
“It was a quite chaotic start, which I think we all saw in Race 2 yesterday as well,” said Lundgaard. “I do think we should have gotten a bit more out of it, but the pace wasn't quite as great as the others.
“I think it would have been good to have Théo with us in the race to see the max potential of the car. Two points are better than nothing, but I obviously wished and hoped that it would be a few more.
“At a street track, it can either go your way or it won’t go your way. You need to be on the right side of the chaos and not on the wrong side of it. If you look at some of the drivers, they were pretty much in all of the incidents all weekend and came away with nearly no points, whereas if you’re on the right side of it, you look like the hero.”
Lundgaard’s run of six pointless races in the row directly followed a P2 finish in the second Sprint Race in Sakhir, with five of those coming on street tracks at Monte Carlo and Baku. The ART driver is hoping that the return to a normal circuit, at Silverstone in July, can get his season going again.
“For a start, it’s an actual racetrack…” said Lundgaard on heading to the British circuit. “We raced there twice last year, and I think we were quite competitive in those two rounds, so looking at that we should have great potential.
“I think the car has been good, even in Monaco, although I struggled quite a lot for pace here. I think it will be nice to get to a proper track so that we can see where we are.”