Lawson was denied the possibility to win the DTM title in his rookie season when he turned an harmless sufferer to a gap lap collision triggered by his championship rival Kelvin van der Linde in Sunday’s closing race on the Norisring
Along with his Ferrari struggling extreme suspension harm and lapping on the rear of the sphere, the Kiwi helplessly watched on as Maximilian Gotz snatched the title from his grasp with the assistance of staff orders from Mercedes.
An emotional Lawson lashed out at van der Linde within the speedy aftermath of the race, calling him an “fool” and the “dirtiest driver he’s raced towards” for crashing into him twice in the course of the closing spherical.
On Wednesday van der Linde took to social media saying he had apologised to Lawson concerning the incident.
Having had the time to replicate on the weekend, Lawson says he completely loved his rookie marketing campaign within the DTM, however the occasions at Norisring left him with a bitter style within the mouth concerning the high quality of racing within the championship.
“It was two separate incidents,” the 19-year-old stated in the course of the newest episode of This Week with Will Buxton on Motorsport TV. “Ultimately staff video games in the previous couple of laps, however the Flip 1 incident for me was essentially the most irritating a part of the entire weekend as a result of the very same factor occurred within the first race and also you’d suppose individuals would be taught from their errors.
“So it was simply gutting to not get the possibility to truly get to the primary nook and have an opportunity on the race.
“However sooner or later it is not one thing I would like, not the championship, not the best way the weekend went down. I cherished the season. I actually loved my DTM marketing campaign, it was actually a lot enjoyable. So much completely different in some ways to what I am used to.
“In a approach, I felt like working with this staff that I did not really feel a lot like a junior anymore, I felt like I used to be handled a bit extra like an expert, and that facet of it was superior.
“I actually loved that. And the season as a complete was implausible and I am actually happy with the entire staff, however the best way the season completed, no, it is not one thing I anticipated or noticed coming or want to be part of sooner or later.”
Pink Bull has but to announce whether or not it will proceed within the DTM in 2022, however its motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed that Lawson wouldn’t be part of the outfit ought to it determine to stay within the sequence subsequent yr.
“DTM is over for him subsequent yr,” Marko informed Autosport’s sister title Motorsport-Whole.com. “Liam is doing the total Method 2 season subsequent yr.
“He is doing the younger driver [Formula 1] check and in any other case he’ll have a few Friday [practice] entries if that is doable from a laws standpoint.”
Pink Bull Ferrari a goal of rivals groups all season
Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, after the beginning crash
Picture by: Alexander Trienitz
Though Steadiness of Efficiency remained a degree of competition all season, a number of groups raised their eyebrows when Lawson took a double win on the Pink Bull Ring in September, overcoming a 25kg ballast within the second of the 2 races.
There have been additionally repeated calls to ban the pitstop process launched by AF Corse on the first race at Monza, which couldn’t be copied by groups operating vehicles from Audi, BMW or Lamborghini attributable to technical causes.
When requested if he felt AF Corse was a goal of rival groups all season, Lawson agreed with the evaluation, and in addition rubbished allegations that the Pink Bull-backed outfit was given particular remedy by the championship.
The Kiwi additionally identified how Cassidy – who slipped to the again at first after being caught within the opening lap incident – was prevented from charging his approach by means of the pack by some questionable defending from Gotz’s Mercedes allies.
“All season lengthy we have been hammered by different groups very often within the press, referring to BoP and issues like this,” he defined.
“Even at Hockenheim after the Race 2 incident with van der Linde once more, he mainly smashed me off and acquired a five-second penalty, and within the media it was actually, actually biased to get the penalty, that we’re getting handled otherwise and stuff like this, which is totally a joke.
“However I felt like particularly on the [Norisring] weekend I felt like we had been undoubtedly a goal. Nick [Cassidy] was the only automotive after mine was damaged and coming by means of the sphere you could possibly see that he was up towards six Mercedes at one level, 5 – 6 Mercedes, and that state of affairs.
“Ultimately I feel the final couple of laps he was simply getting purposely pushed right into a straightline and stuff like this to verify there was completely no approach he may get by means of.”