Purple Bull junior Lawson set for Tremendous Components transfer

The present Components 2 racer appears poised to turn into the primary member of the power drink big’s Junior Crew to race in Tremendous Components since Juri Vips on the finish of 2019.

Autosport understands that Lawson, who sits seventh within the F2 standings with solely subsequent weekend’s Abu Dhabi finale to run, will companion 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.

Purple 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 yr.

Mugen is taking up the Purple 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 Components on the finish of 2019 as Japan’s COVID-19 journey restrictions prevented him from taking on his seat in 2020, with Ukyo Sasahara taking his place that yr. 

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

Ren Sato, TEAM GOH

Ren Sato, TEAM GOH

Picture by: Masahide Kamio

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

Nevertheless, Crew Goh’s anticipated exit from Tremendous Components 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 automotive at Mugen has been mooted however seems unlikely to materialise because the required funding will not be in place.

Lawson will not be the one present F2 racer to contest Tremendous Components subsequent yr, as Theo Pourchaire is within the body to exchange Sacha Fenestraz at Kondo Racing.

Pourchaire appears set to not less than participate within the post-season rookie check at Suzuka on December 7-8, though the Frenchman additionally seems to have the choice of staying in F2 for a 3rd season along with his present ART Grand Prix group.

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