Lawson made his Tremendous Method debut within the opening day of post-season testing on Wednesday, driving the Honda-powered Group Mugen automotive that was raced this season by Ukyo Sasahara.
The 20-year-old was better of the 5 rookies collaborating within the check, ending up ninth-fastest within the afternoon session and tenth total, inside one second of the tempo set by Naoki Yamamoto.
Reflecting on his first day aboard the Dallara SF19 he’s anticipated to race subsequent yr, Lawson mentioned the expertise was not dissimilar to that he has had driving F1 equipment for Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri this yr.
“It’s my first time in Japan, my first time in Suzuka, and up to now I’m actually having fun with it,” mentioned Lawson.
“It’s a spot I’ve needed to drive for a very long time, since I used to be a child. It was a extremely cool expertise to lastly drive right here.
“By way of sector one, the Esses, there’s principally no braking and also you’re simply carrying a number of pace, like 200km/h plus, with a number of G-force. My neck is certainly very sore proper now!
“That is most likely one of the best factor about Suzuka, and the Tremendous Method automotive is superb in high-speed corners, so whenever you put these issues collectively it makes it actually thrilling to drive.”
On his efficiency on the opening day, he added: “In testing it’s all the time tough to inform, so I haven’t regarded on the occasions in any respect actually. I’m simply making an attempt to get my head round driving this automotive.
“It’s very totally different, and it’s an enormous step up from Method 2. It feels loads like driving a Method 1 automotive. But it surely’s been a superb day, I learnt loads with the automotive, and it’s been good to get a sense for various set-ups.”
Liam Lawson, MUGEN
Picture by: Masahide Kamio
Lawson has spent the final two seasons racing in Method 2, inserting third on this yr’s standings behind Felipe Drugovich and Theo Pourchaire with three dash race victories to his identify.
Evaluating the Tremendous Method automotive to the F2 equipment he’s used to, he remarked: “The way in which the facility is available in is totally different. It’s a bit smoother on this automotive, and I might say nicer, a greater feeling with the best way the facility is available in.
“And the [Yokohama] tyres are clearly very totally different to the Pirellis I’ve been driving for the final 4, 5 years. It’s my first time in a very long time to drive a unique tyre and it’s taken some time to get used to, however the tyre feels good with how dependable it’s, and the warm-up.
“Evaluating the automobiles, the Tremendous Method automotive could be very sharp, particularly within the high-speed sections. As quickly as you flip, it’s very responsive, zero delay.”
Lawson insists no plans for 2023 have but been determined, nevertheless it appears to be like extremely probably the Kiwi will associate reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri on the two-car Mugen squad subsequent season as he bids to impress for an opportunity in F1.
“For me it could be an awesome alternative to be right here,” he added. “I wish to be in Method 1 and this could be an awesome step to take to realize that.
“If that’s what had been to occur, it could be a good way to spend my yr, in addition to being concerned with Method 1.”