Off the again of his early success in Tremendous Formulation, Lawson had been thought of as a contender to make the step up to F1 as early as this yr within the occasion that Crimson Bull elected to exchange de Vries amid the rookie’s struggles.
However Ricciardo was instead given the nod to step in for de Vries for the ultimate 12 races of the 2023 marketing campaign, with AlphaTauri making it clear it favoured an skilled driver to assist elevate it out of its present stoop.
Talking forward of this weekend’s Fuji Tremendous Formulation race, Lawson says his objective stays to make use of his performances in Japan to persuade Crimson Bull he’s worthy of a step up in 2024, though he admitted a mid-season promotion would have been tough.
“I at all times wished to finish the season right here [in Super Formula],” Lawson instructed Autosport. “My objective was to get a seat for subsequent yr.
“To leap in mid-season would have been extraordinarily robust and, in AlphaTauri’s place, they had been wanting somebody skilled who has been in Formulation 1 for a very long time. So I perceive their choice.
“However this [Super Formula] is what I’m targeted on. Any shot I’ve at Formulation 1 rides on how I do right here. So I’ve to finish the yr in one of the best ways doable, and attempt to win this championship, which is what is going to give me the possibility.
“I would like to verify I do every thing I can to offer myself the very best alternative. After which, if it doesn’t occur, I can say there’s nothing extra I might have accomplished.”
Daniel Ricciardo, Crimson Bull Racing
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Ricciardo’s arrival fulfilling AlphaTauri’s want to have a extra skilled driver seems to depart solely the seat occupied by Yuki Tsunoda as a possible avenue for Lawson in 2024.
Requested if Ricciardo beating Tsunoda over the remaining races of the F1 season can be the best end result for him, Lawson replied: “I simply want a seat, and whoever’s seat it’s, I don’t actually care!
“I’m simply targeted on this, it’s what [Red Bull] has instructed me to concentrate on as nicely. The expectation is for me to go and win the championship, after which we’ll focus on it.”
Lawson reiterated that he feels able to make the step as much as Formulation 1, having served as Crimson Bull reserve driver because the center of the 2022 season.
“I’m the reserve driver this yr, by the tip of the yr I’ll have been the reserve for practically two seasons,” stated the Kiwi.
“I’m prepared for Formulation 1, I desire a seat. I’ll concentrate on doing the very best job right here so I can get that. And past that, it’s out of my management.”
Lawson sits second within the Tremendous Formulation standings after taking a historic debut win within the Japanese sequence at Fuji in April, and adopted that up with a second triumph at Autopolis.
He certified second behind Tadasuke Makino for this weekend’s Fuji race, lowering Ritomo Miyata’s championship benefit to 10 factors.