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No. It’s his third year in F2 and he’s really stagnated at this level, currently sitting in 11th in the standings. There’s a talented driver there, but a future in F1 is basically nonexistent for him at this point.
What’s the sports car scene in Europe? I’m really not familiar beyond wec. Imsa is a popular option here in the usa for nascar and indycar drivers
There are a lot of sports car activities thanks to SRO. Also WEC is supposed to be on a rise. So there are chances he’ll end up there. But I doubt it.
What about Lawson then in your opinion?
I would say his chances are better, but still not great. He’s two years younger than Armstrong and has more career wins as well as better championship finishes in F2. It also helps that it seems Red Bull view him more favorably than Ferrari view Armstrong. Lawson’s biggest problem might be the timing of when an F1 seat opens up for him as he may end up being passed over for younger drivers who may have a higher ceiling than him.
He's a driver like Aitken and Daruvla. Good enough to be a reserve, but not enough for a full-time seat.
I don't really think so, he hasn't been super impressive in his first 2.5 seasons.
So you’re saying indycar is a viable option or a likely option then? I have no idea what’s available in European sports cars or similar series or his other options
I've read several articles about how Indycar is looking for more F2 drivers because of successes like Lundgaard and Ilott, and similarly more F2 drivers are looking at Indycar because there are just more options for seats and it's more forgiving to rookies as a series while using a very similar skill set and type of car to the F1 feeder series. My guess is that if a seat in Indy is possible many F2 drivers would go for Indycar over other sports car series - the cars are way more similar so it's probably easier to get used to the style of racing in Indy vs sports cars.
Armstrong in particular is a good driver, but not good enough for F1, Indycar is probably his best bet to build a career and make some good money. He could be looking at other racing series, but if he's good enough to go for an Indy seat I think that makes the most sense for him.
(On a personal note, I really enjoy the possibility of an Armstrong and Ilott Indycar team, I think it would be fun, especially if Juncos did some media stuff with them. They already get along well and are semi-media ready coming from the F1 pipeline, Juncos would be sitting on a gold mine of potential content.)
Well I think even an inexperienced indycar driver but a good friend and ally can be a great benefit for both members. Obviously a veteran Indy driver is preferred just for knowledge or experience but I doubt juncos has the budget for a veteran
I suppose it could be, but as part of the FDA he might be targeting the LMDh program in the future as I assume Illot is.
I thought he left the FDA at the end of last year? And Ilott is on a hiatus from the FDA, probably for a while - if not permanently - considering his multi-year deal.
Not sure about Ilott's future with Ferrari's LMDh tbh, given that he's on "hiatus", and Juncos just made a long term deal with him.
There is always the big question on ovals but there are teams and situations where they can at least do a season skipping the ovals but if they want long term success or more contracts they will have to confront them eventually
Def not F1 or def not indycar?
Not F1. He would probably fit in well in Indycar
His F1 chances are gone since he got dropped by Ferrari, but its likely he has a future in indycar
It’s just a big deal to move across the pond and deal with that plus adapt to indycar style and everything. And then the big elephant in the room, the ovals
Unlikely but you've got to admit "luck" hasent been on his side in F2 and F3. I interpret his pace and race craft to be slightly above average, showing glimpses every now and then - maybe Indycar is a possibility.
Nah, in terms of NZers, Lawson is the only one who has a real shot
Well, he needs to finish at least P5 in F2 this year to get his superlicense and he is currently P11... I don't say there's no chance but let's be honest, it's not going to happen. Even without the superlicense issue, P11 at his 3rd year of F2 is quite underwhelming.