Felipe Drugovich needs Method 2 champion’s prohibitive ruling to be scrapped : PlanetF1

Felipe Drugovich has urged a change within the rule that’s probably curbing the event of he and his predecessor as F2 champion, Oscar Piastri.

It appears to be like very a lot as if three of the final 4 Method 2 title winners will probably be unsuccessful in progressing straight as much as F1 the next season.

Since George Russell in 2018, solely Mick Schumacher (2020) has earned a right away promotion to the massive league.

Nyck de Vries, the 2019 F2 victor, solely made his Method 1 debut on the newest spherical of the 2022 sequence as a stand-in for unwell Alex Albon at Williams.

Piastri, champion in 2021, has spent most of this 12 months as Alpine’s reserve and simulator driver as there was no F1 seat out there to him, though the Australian has signed to hitch McLaren subsequent 12 months.

There are, in fact, no ensures and Drugovich, one thing of a shock F2 title winner this season, has agreed to a developmental position with Aston Martin. He’s due to participate in an FP1 session for the workforce at one of many remaining rounds this time period.

The Brazilian feels there needs to be an automated elevation for the Method 2 champion – however not solely that, he additionally feels it’s unfair that the title can’t be defended the next 12 months.

Piastri, for example, gained F2 at his first try and will properly have benefited considerably from one other 12 months of aggressive motion as a substitute of spending it on the sidelines.

“I feel for my part, both you’re champion and you can not keep anymore and you need to be promoted to F1, or you possibly can keep,” mentioned Drugovich, quoted by Motorsport.com.

“I feel it’s type of the way it works in Moto2 and Moto3. I feel to start with, what wants to alter is whoever wins the championship must get a go in F1.”

The 22-year-old MP Motorsport driver has 71 F2 begins below his belt and insists he’s nonetheless concentrating on F1 – though at Aston Martin he may have a troublesome job dislodging 2023 arrival Fernando Alonso and workforce proprietor’s son Lance Stroll, barring any unexpected circumstances.

“We had just a few contacts in IndyCar however as I mentioned many instances, it’s not the primary aim for now, we’re simply attempting to be in F1,” mentioned Drugovich.

“However as I mentioned, if I have to race one thing else apart from F1 subsequent 12 months, it’s for certain a class to think about.”

Would it not be workable to invoke automated promotion to F1?

Motorsport will not be like soccer, the place the highest groups within the tier beneath can simply go straight as much as the following degree.

We’re speaking about particular person drivers, whom the F1 constructors are free to make use of on no matter standards they select offered they’ve an FIA Tremendous Licence.

Why ought to any of them be pressured to provide a contract to the Method 2 champion simply because a rule decrees certainly one of them has to?

We agree that in concept it appears like the fitting precept to implement – in spite of everything, a number of non-champions in F2 have made the step up in recent times for instance Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon, Lando Norris, Zhou Guanyu, Nikita Mazepin and Yuki Tsunoda.

However except the F2 champion is already affiliated to a sure F1 workforce, how wouldn’t it be calculated the place he then goes to? Except there was a rotation system put in place whereby, say, the underside however-many groups within the standings one 12 months then took it in turns to tackle a Method 2 champion and had been obliged to take action inside the rules.

You sense that might nonetheless be one thing of a authorized minefield to introduce although.

There may be, nonetheless, clearly a flaw within the system when three F2 champions out of 4 can’t get an F1 drive for the next season – and as Drugovich says, it’s to be hoped this may be addressed as quickly as potential, if solely by permitting them to defend their trophy.

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