The MP Motorsport driver was proclaimed champion of the pre-Formula 1 category after the Monza sprint race last Saturday, but has not been able to get a starting seat to compete in motorsport’s top category in 2023.
Instead, he has signed a contract as a reserve driver for Aston Martin and as a member of its young driver development programme.
Felipe Drugovich believes that F1 should follow in the footsteps of Moto2 and Moto3 to allow the winning driver to return to defend the title if he cannot find a seat in F1, to prevent him from being left out of the circuits, as happened to the champion of F2 in 2021, Oscar Piastri.
However, the category’s CEO, Bruno Michel , disagrees and believes the series should stick to its “rise or fall” model.
After winning the title, Drugovich said: “I think in my opinion, if you’re a champion and you can’t stay anymore, you should move up to F1, otherwise you should be able to stay.”
“I think it’s more or less how it works in Moto2 and Moto3. I think first of all what has to change is that the rider who wins the championship has to go directly to F1.
“I have had some contacts with IndyCar, but as I have said many times, it is not the goal for now, we just want to try to get to F1.
“But like I said, if I need to race in something other than F1 next year, it’s a category to consider,” added the Brazilian.
Bruno Michel , for his part, believes that this would cause the drivers “to stay forever in the championship with a great advantage over the rest”.
He said, “I didn’t know I said that, but I don’t agree.”
“I think it’s a pyramid, with a system where at some point you have to go up or down.”
“I would not like F2 or F3 to become professional championships, because if you do that is exactly the problem, you will have drivers who stay forever in the same category with a big advantage over the rest, because they have more experience. than the young people who arrive”.
“Not only wouldn’t it be good for their career, it wouldn’t be good for the young drivers either, they probably wouldn’t shine as bright because they would be fighting people who honestly are probably not better than them, but they have a lot more experience, they know all the tracks, they know the car, They know the teams and they know everything.
“So for me, it absolutely shouldn’t be like that, and I’ve always pushed hard for it to be the way it is now, we did it from the beginning of GP2 and GP3.
“The winner can’t stay and I think it’s a very important point,” he concluded.
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