Liam Lawson is an ambitious driver defining a new era of Kiwi motorsport racers.
Being on the Red Bull junior team has paved his way to success.
Red Bull advisor and head of Red Bull’s development driver program, Helmut Marko mentioned to Auckland-based NewsTalk ZB, “Liam is a down-to-earth guy. He works very hard and is honest. If he makes a mistake, he immediately acknowledges it. He does a lot of work in the simulator at the factory. For the next two weeks, he will work at the factory in Milton Keynes, so we can see how he would do in F1 before he’s actually in it.”
Right now, Liam is in competition with Red Bull Academy driver, Jüri Vips. In 2020, he didn’t finish top. Yet in 2019, Lawson scored three wins and six podiums to become the 2019 Toyota Racing Series Champion.
Mentored by three-time New Zealand Grand Prix winner, Ken Smith, he’s on the right path driving for the Hitech Grand Prix team in Formula 2. Racing in car #7, he works well with engineers to analyse and understand how to improve his performance.
Over the weekend, Liam took third place as Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse dominated at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) during round three in Zolder, Belgium. For the DTM series, Lawson is currently in 2nd place with his sensational speed and car control.
The New Zealander won the opening race of the 2021 DTM in Monza. He made history to become the youngest race winner ever in the series. Liam also placed second for both rounds at Lausitzring. Nurburgring is up next.
So far, Lawson has had 11 starts, 1 win, 2 podiums, and 1 pole. The 19-year old is up against the power and pace of Perez as well as reserve driver Alexander Albon attempting to make a comeback.
Liam could find out if there’s a seat available for him this coming September. At present, Lawson is in eighth with 58 points and loads of potential in the Formula 2 driver standings.
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