GP2 driver Mike Conway is plenty good enough for F1, according to Honda supremo Ross Brawn – but that doesn’t mean he’ll ever drive there.
Conway, the reigning British F3 champion, was signed to Honda’s driver development programme in February this year and further staked his claim for a senior drive by winning in Monaco from pole for GP2’s Trident Racing.
But Brawn told the Kent News media group that, while Honda was certainly interested in him, none of his skills or successes might be enough.
“I think Mike can make it to Formula One, he is a good driver and has been doing reasonably well this year in GP2. He has been doing a great job for us in testing, and I have been very impressed with him. The difficulty, however, is that Formula One is such a high standard and very few drivers make it, I hope he can get there.
“His win at Monaco impressed a lot of teams, but there are only one or two drivers who make it out of GP2 for next season. You almost need to decimate the championship to become part of a Formula One team. You really have got to be quite exceptional to get there – but I wouldn’t turn my back on Mike at Honda.”