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Liam Lawson is set to have F1 debut in Spa

Lawson, a Red Bull junior driver, is going to drive for AlphaTauri in the Belgian F1 grand prix

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Carlin’s Liam Lawson is going to be taking the AlphaTauri seat for the FP1 session in Spa.  

Liam Lawson in last year’s AlphaTauri during his test day. Image Credit: ‘Scuderia AlphaTauri’ via You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bkVTkadoow)

The Kiwi driver has been granted the opportunity to drive the AlphaTauri by team boss, Franz Tost, following the Hungarian grand prix, who told the media:  

“We plan to run Liam Lawson in FP1 in Spa.” 

Lawson is the second Red Bull junior driver to be given a Formula One debut this year, along with Juri Vips in Spain. This is because new F1 rules state that each team must give two ‘rookies’ the opportunity to drive a practice session.  

It is unclear as to whether Lawson will be taking Yuki Tsunoda or Pierre Gasly’s seat. But one of the AlphaTauri drivers will be stepping aside for the young Kiwi.  

A new hat in the ring 

Formula One has found itself in a lot of drama, thanks to Oscar Piastri’s situation with Alpine. Liam Lawson could cause even more upsets if he impresses teams in his practice session.  

With all the uncertainty for the grid next season, Lawson may be able to persuade teams that he is ready for F1. As both Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been under pressure this season with poor performances, Lawson could be hoping for a permanent AlphaTauri drive.  

Outside of AlphaTauri, many teams have yet to confirm their driver pairings next year. Alpine, McLaren, Haas and Williams have all been rumored to change their drivers next season. This means that there may be many chances for drivers like Liam Lawson to break into Formula One.  

Is he ready for F1? 

The newly appointed Red Bull reserve driver is currently eight in the Formula 2 standings. He has gained 88 points in 10 races so far, winning two sprint races and one feature race. Lawson has also gained two other podiums, making it five in total.  

The 20-year-old may not be performing to the same level as his highly rated teammate, Logan Sargeant, but he is doing well for his second season in F2.  

Lawson has also already tested for AlphaTauri in 2021. In a You Tube video from AlphaTauri, he described the test day as:  

“A very, very cool experience.” 

He also called the test day:  

“A dream come true.” 

With his experience in an F1 car and his time in Formula 2, Lawson will be looking to show the paddock that he has what it takes to drive in Formula One. With that, the teams and drivers will be keeping a wary eye on the New Zealander’s progress.  

 

Feature Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FIA_F2_Austria_2022_Nr._5_Lawson_%28side%29.jpg)

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