Renault F1 junior Christian Lundgaard makes F3 step with ART

Renault protégé Christian Lundgaard will step up to FIA Formula 3 with ART Grand Prix this year.

Lundgaard, 17, a member of Renault’s young driver scheme since 2017, finished second in Formula Renault Eurocup last season, and also entered one round of the GP3 Series.

Lundgaard joins David Beckmann at ART, with the French team’s third driver yet to be confirmed.

“I’m really pleased to stay with the Renault Sport Academy for a third successive season,” said Lundgaard.

“It shows Renault have a lot of faith in me and I’ve been grateful for every opportunity they’ve given me so far.

“The structure of Renault’s support has been beneficial and I hope to repay their faith by scoring wins and podiums on track this season.

“Formula 3 will be a challenge, but it’s one I look forward to taking on, especially with the opportunity to show my ability at eight Formula 1 weekends. I can’t wait to begin.”

Lundgaard is the third driver confirmed for Renault’s 2019 Academy line-up, joining F1 development driver Guan Yu Zhou and reigning French F4 champion Caio Collet.