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F2 boss stands firm on rule against champions returning

Bruno Michel is adamant that the F1 feeder series needs to retain its regulation preventing F2 champions from continuing in the series.

Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel has refuted Felipe Drugovich's suggestion that F2 champions should be permitted to continue in the series. At the previous race meeting at Monza, Drugovich secured the Formula 2 Drivers' Championship with three rounds to spare. However, after appearing to be out of the running for an F1 seat, he has signed a contract to be Aston Martin's reserve driver for 2023 . This could restrict his racing activities for next season, and F2 rules dictate that any driver who has won the championship is not permitted to compete in the sport for two years. Drugovich took issue with the rule and suggested that this regulation should be waived if the championship-winning driver is unable to secure an F1 race seat.

F2 CEO declines Drugovich's rule suggestion

However, when asked for his opinion on the suggested rule tweak, F2 CEO Michel shot the idea down. “I disagree with it. I think it’s a pyramid and you have to have a system where at some point it has to be up or out," said Michel. “I wouldn’t like F2 or F3 to become professional championships because if you do that, that’s exactly what’s going to be the issue. You will have guys staying forever in the same championship, having a big advantage because they have a massive experience of it over the young drivers who are coming. “Not only would it not be good for their careers, but it wouldn’t be good for the young drivers because they would be probably not shining [as much] because they would fight against people that honestly are probably not better than them but have much more experience, know the tracks, know the car, know the teams, know whatever. “So, for me, absolutely not, and I’ve always been very, very pushy for that. We did it from the very beginning of GP2 and GP3: The winner cannot stay, and I think it’s a very important point to continue.”

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