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Daniel Ricciardo out of Dutch Grand Prix with broken wrist

AlphaTauri's Daniel Ricciardo will not compete in this weekend's Dutch Grand Prix after breaking his wrist

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Following an accident in Free Practice 2 for the Dutch Grand Prix, AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo is injured and will be replaced for the rest of the weekend.

Liam Lawson is currently second in his maiden season of Super Formula in Japan. (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool) 

New Zealander and AlphaTauri reserve Liam Lawson is therefore set to make his F1 debut. The 21-year-old will be in the car from Free Practice 3 on Saturday.

The highly-rated rookie is currently competing in Super Formula, where he sits P2 in the championship during his maiden campaign in the Japanese series. Lawson has taken part in a number of free practice sessions for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

He also finished P3 in the 2022 F2 championship whilst racing for Carlin. Lawson started the season in strong form, but a mix of bad luck and poor results hindered him. After that, he was never truly in the title fight but did well to recover to P3, behind Felipe Drugovich and Theo Pourchaire.

It is understood that Lawson got the nod for his F1 debut ahead of Nyck de Vries, who could have made a sensational return for his home race, but three rounds after being fired and replaced by Daniel Ricciardo. However, Red Bull have seemingly decided that it is a good opportunity to try Lawson out across the remainder of the weekend.

It is not yet known how long Ricciardo might be out for. And with the Italian Grand Prix only next weekend, it is likely to come too soon for the Australian.

The 34-year-old has performed well upon his return to F1, and earlier this weekend stated that he wants to end his career within the Red Bull family.

Will the Super Formula calendar clash with F1?

Whilst the next Super Formula round does clash with F1, it’s unlikely to be a factor. The Japanese championship doesn’t return until the last weekend of October, which will see Suzuka host the final two rounds of the season.

F1 is in Mexico that weekend, but it’s more than likely Ricciardo will have recovered long before then.

Even if his services were required, Lawson is unlikely to want to miss the double-header finale, as he sits a mere eight points behind championship leader Ritomo Miyata.

Lawson has taken three wins so far and is known for quickly being on the pace. Will he further support that reputation this weekend?

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  1. I could see this outcome coming, but unfortunate for him, nevertheless.
    He should be able to recover in time to participate in later rounds at the very latest, if not by the Italian GP, considering the relatively short lead time or Singapore GP at the latest.
    However, should his recovery time prove relatively long, Lawson could substitute for him uninterruptedly until the US GP, as the final SF round occurs on the Mexico City GP weekend.

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