Liam Lawson may have finished the 2020 Formula 3 season with a resounding victory in Mugello, but he says the fierce competitor in him cannot shake a slight feeling of disappointment at the overall picture of the campaign.
The Kiwi believes that the season finale showed what himself and Hitech Grand Prix are capable of, although “too many little issues” resulted in fifth in the Drivers’ Championship when he believes he could have won it.
“It's a good way to finish,” he began. “But I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with the result. We came into this year with the goal to try and win the Championship obviously. I think it was achievable. There's no reason that we couldn't have done it.
“We just had too many little issues this year. We were unlucky as well. There were things that were out of our control, but also things that are controlled that we could have capitalised on a little bit more.
“Looking back, it's obviously good and bad to look back sometimes. I think we could have done a bit better this year. It's nice to finish like this. It showed what we are capable of. It was a fun race for me. I drove flat out from Lap 1 until the end. I had a really cool time, and I'm happy to finish here like this.”
With the chapter closed on 2020, Lawson’s attention will now switch to 2021. The Kiwi will not be short of options, with a move to Formula 2 mooted, but ultimately, he admits that the decision will not be up to him.
“It's not really up to me actually,” he said. “We have to wait and see. It's up to Red Bull and up to the people around me to decide what they think is best for me. I hope to find out soon, and we'll see what happens.”