Marcus Armstrong and Liam Lawson are with new teams for the FIA Formula 2 post-season test, which wrapped up its second day of running overnight.
Armstrong is with the Hitech GP team for the test – the same outfit Lawson raced for this year.
There, he is partnered with Juri Vips for the test.
It could be a hint of what’s to come for Armstrong. He is yet to lock in any plans for 2022, though we’d expect he wants to continue racing in F2 for a third season.
This year, he drove for DAMS, switching to the French team after a one-year hit-out at ART GP.
Truthfully, Armstrong has not been close to accomplishing his goals with either team, finishing 13th in both years.
His spot at DAMS for the test is filled by Formula 3 driver Ayumu Iwasa. DAMS only has one vacant seat for next season, with Roy Nissany already confirmed to be on the 2022 grid with the team.
If Armstrong looks to move to another team, and should it be Hitech, he’ll be joining a squad that this year were regular podium contenders.
Hitech finished fourth in the Teams’ Championship and had three wins.
Lawson is also with a new team for the Abu Dhabi test, driving with Carlin.
We know Lawson is racing in F2 next year. Red Bull have already said it. The next question then is who will he be racing with?
Does testing with Carlin signal at a potential switch?
It’s possible but not a given.
Carlin was another very competitive team this season. They finished third in the Teams’ Championship, falling only a few points shy of catching UNI-Virtuosi for second.
After a solid rookie season, Lawson will be a dependable driver for any team he joins. He finished ninth in the championship and had one win (though it should have been two) and two more podiums.
Carlin is also without a driver after Dan Ticktum announced he’ll be leaving F2 to race in Formula E next year.
Whatever is in store for either Kiwi, their focus right now is on the test at hand. It is their last opportunity to drive the car until pre-season testing begins before the opening race in March.
Armstrong was 20th fastest on day one and a notable third fastest on day two.
Lawson was 18th fastest on opening day and finished sixth on the timing screens overnight.
There is one more day of open running tomorrow.