Lawson has switched to Japan’s prime single-seater sequence for his 2023 marketing campaign after two seasons in F2, inflicting a sensation by successful on his debut for Crew Mugen at Fuji Speedway earlier this month.
The New Zealander got here to Tremendous Formulation having already amassed the 40 factors vital for a superlicence by means of his exploits in F2, DTM and different junior single-seater sequence like Formulation 3 and the Toyota Racing Collection.
Profitable the championship Tremendous Formulation solely provides 25 factors, with the second- and third-placed drivers getting 20 and 15 factors respectively, whereas F2 awards 40 factors for the highest three finishers.
Requested by Autosport if he felt his successes might encourage extra European drivers to strive Tremendous Formulation, Lawson stated that solely these drivers who had already acquired their superlicence might realistically make the change and nonetheless purpose for F1.
“It is dependent upon your superlicence state of affairs,” stated Lawson. “In case you don’t have one, the way in which it’s structured in the meanwhile, it’s important to do Formulation 2 simply because it provides so many factors.
“I want they provided the identical variety of factors right here, 40 factors, as a result of then I feel much more folks would do it.
“This championship ought to be what F2 is to be sincere. With how the automobiles are and the way in which the groups function, it’s a lot nearer to Formulation 1.”
Finally yr’s Japanese Grand Prix, FIA Deputy President Robert Reid was requested by Japanese media for his opinion on whether or not the quantity of superlicence factors awarded to Tremendous Formulation relative to different classes was honest.
Reid admitted that sequence akin to F2, F3 – which awards 30 factors to the champion – and the Formulation Regional European Championship, which sits on a par with Tremendous Formulation, profit from being a part of the first FIA single-seater ladder.
“The superlicence working group appears in any respect the factors for all of the completely different classes and takes under consideration a number of various things,” stated Reid. “One is being a part of the FIA single-seater pathway, having FIA security requirements, these sorts of issues.
“I feel it’s essential to recognise sequence like [Super Formula] in Japan. But it surely’s additionally essential to recognise the core components of the FIA pathway.
“These items are always reviewed. I feel we now have system however we always have a look at the completely different ranges and alternatives.”
Further reporting by Kenichiro Ebii