Pink Bull junior Liam Lawson set to affix Mugen

The present FIA Formulation 2 racer appears poised to develop into the primary member of the vitality drink large’s Junior Crew to race in Tremendous Formulation since Juri Vips on the finish of 2019.

Motorsport.com understands that Lawson, who sits seventh within the F2 standings with solely subsequent weekend’s Abu Dhabi finale to run, will associate two-time champion Tomoki Nojiri at Mugen as he bids to impress for a possibility to step as much as a seat at AlphaTauri in 2024.

Pink Bull Junior Crew boss Helmut Marko has been quoted by German publication Auto Motor und Sport saying that Lawson will mix his season racing in Japan with F1 reserve duties subsequent 12 months.

As beforehand reported by Motorsport.com, Mugen is taking on the Pink Bull programme from Crew Goh in 2023, reviving a partnership that ran from 2017-21 and noticed the likes of Pierre Gasly, Dan Ticktum and Pato O’Ward race in Japan.

Vips solely made one race outing in Tremendous Formulation on the finish of 2019 as Japan’s COVID-19 journey restrictions prevented him from taking over his seat in 2020, with Ukyo Sasahara taking his place that 12 months. 

 

Hiroki Otsu then drove the Pink Bull-liveried automobile for 2021, earlier than Ren Sato was chosen to symbolize the model this season driving for the newly-formed Crew Goh squad.

Lawson’s impending arrival at Mugen is sort of sure to go away Sasahara, who matched Nojiri’s tally of two wins this season, in want of one other drive inside the Honda steady.

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Nonetheless, Crew Goh’s anticipated exit from Tremendous Formulation and anticipated discount to a nine-car steady, mixed with the upcoming arrival of HPD scholarship winner Raoul Hyman, means seats are at a premium.

A 3rd automobile at Mugen has been mooted however seems unlikely to materialise because the required funding shouldn’t be in place.

Lawson might not be the one present F2 racer to contest Tremendous Formulation subsequent 12 months, as Theo Pourchaire is within the body to interchange Sacha Fenestraz at Kondo Racing.

Pourchaire appears set to at the least participate within the post-season rookie take a look at at Suzuka on December 7-8, though the Frenchman additionally seems to have the choice of staying in F2 for a 3rd season together with his present ART Grand Prix group.

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