Renault Sport Academy member Christian Lundgaard will make his Formula 2 championship debut at the 2019 season finale with Trident Motorsport.

After ending his Formula 3 campaign in sixth place in the drivers’ standings, with the highlight of victory in Race 1 at the Hungarian round, the Danish driver will make his first step into the F2 championship next weekend.

Lundgaard will partner Giuliano Alesi at Trident for the Abu Dhabi round at the Yas Marina circuit with one eye on moving up to F2 full-time in the future.

“I’m proud and excited to make my F2 debut and would like to thank Renault Sport Academy, Trident and my partners for their faith in me,” Lundgard said. “Stepping into a championship at the last round is going to be a big challenge, but it will be great experience.

“F2 is a big step up, the racing is always hard-fought and you need to think strategically on how to turn the races to your advantage – I’m looking forward to getting started and seeing what we can do.”

“We are very happy to welcome a talented young driver like Christian Lundgaard, as he is proving to be one of the most interesting prospects in Motorsport,” Giacomo Ricci, team manager, added. “This year, as a rookie, Christian delivered a great season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. I was impressed by his skills every time I saw him on track.

“For Team Trident, to have Christian on board represents an excellent opportunity to take home good results and contribute to his growth. We will do our best to support him on his Formula 2 debut, on a track on which he has never raced on.”