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F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - Practice MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 28: Liam Lawson of New Zealand and Scuderia AlphaTauri looks on from the pitwall during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 28, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Lawson ‘focused’ on Super Formula to achieve F1 seat next year

Nyck de Vries was dropped from AlphaTauri after failing to impress during his 10 races stint. The Dutchman was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo, whilst many thought Liam Lawson could have been the replacement

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Liam Lawson insists that he is ‘focused’ on Super Formula, despite the possibility of replacing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri – which was taken by Daniel Ricciardo.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - PracticeMEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 28: Liam Lawson of New Zealand driving the (40) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT03 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 28, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Lawson has already driven for AlphaTauri during last year’s FP1 at the Mexico City Grand Prix (Image Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Nyck de Vries had been dropped from his AlphaTauri seat after only 10 races. The Dutchman failed to impress Red Bull Advisor Helmut Marko, leading to the 28-year-old’s exit.

De Vries was replaced by eight-time Formula 1 race winner Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian driver had a previous stint with the Faenza team – back when they were Toro Rosso.

There were possibilities of Lawson taking the Dutchman’s seat. However, the Faenza team opted for a more experience driver to partner Yuki Tsunoda.

Entering Formula 1 mid-season would be difficult

Speaking during this weekend’s Fuji Super Formula race, Lawson reveals his goal is to impress in Japan to convince the Red Bull set up to give him a Formula 1 seat in 2024. The New Zealand driver admitted that a mid-season promotion would have been difficult.

Lawson spoke to Motorsport.com on the matter:

“My goal was to get a seat for next year.”

“To jump in mid-season would have been extremely tough, and in AlphaTauri’s position, they were wanting someone experienced who has been in Formula 1 for a long time. So I understand their decision.

“But this [Super Formula] is what I am focused on. Any shot I have at Formula 1 rides on how I do here. So I have to complete the year in the best way possible, and try to win this championship, which is what will give me the chance.

“I need to make sure I do everything I can to give myself the best opportunity. And then, if it doesn’t happen, I can say there’s nothing more I could have done.”

Formula 1 Testing in Abu Dhabi - Day OneABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 22: Liam Lawson of New Zealand driving the Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Lawson also had driven a Red Bull in last season’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi (Image Credit: Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Only focused on Super Formula

The New Zealand driver was also asked for his thoughts on the decision to being Ricciardo back. However, the 21-year-old insisted that he is only focused on himself in Super Formula. He also says that he doesn’t care what Formula 1 seat he gets.

“I just need a seat, and whoever’s seat it is, I don’t really care!

“I am just focused on this, it’s what [Red Bull] has told me to focus on as well. The expectation is for me to go and win the championship, and then we’ll discuss it.”

Lawson still believes he is “ready” for a Formula 1 seat, believing that impressing in Super Formula is his best chance of a seat next season.

The 21-year-old currently sits second in the Super Formula standings, taking a debut win in the Japanese series at Fuji in April. The Kiwi would then win his second race at Autopolis.

Do you believe Lawson can achieve getting a Formula 1 seat for the 2024 season?

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