When it comes to emerging talents in Formula 1, Red Bull reserve driver Liam Lawson has been making waves in the motorsport world. At just 21 years old, this New Zealander has shown immense promise, and recent comments from Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, have ignited excitement about Lawson’s potential to secure a Formula 1 seat in the future.
Currently, Lawson is taking the Formula 1 world by storm while racing for AlphaTauri, where he has stepped in as a temporary replacement for the skilled driver Daniel Ricciardo. Lawson’s performances on the track have been nothing short of impressive, with notable finishes of 13th, 11th, 9th, and 11th in his four Grands Prix outings so far.
However, the future path for Lawson within the Red Bull racing family seems to be slightly uncertain. The doors to Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri for the upcoming season are firmly closed, with both teams already having their driver lineups confirmed. This leaves Lawson searching for potential opportunities elsewhere.
One such opportunity could be with the Williams Racing team, where a seat alongside Alexander Albon remains unoccupied. But, it appears that Lawson has a different perspective. In a recent statement, he declared himself a “Red Bull driver,” signaling his commitment to the role of reserve driver with the Milton Keynes-based outfit for the 2024 season.
During the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Christian Horner took the opportunity to commend Lawson for his commendable performances thus far. He acknowledged the challenge that AlphaTauri faces in having an abundance of talented drivers at their disposal. The team seems to be spoiled for choice with three exceptional drivers in their stable.
Horner, however, dropped a tantalizing hint about Liam Lawson’s future. He hinted at the exciting possibility of Lawson securing a coveted Formula 1 seat down the line. While no specifics were revealed, the mere mention of such a prospect has set the Formula 1 community abuzz with anticipation.
“I think he’s done an outstanding job.
“I mean, dropped in the rain in Zandvoort, that was a bit of an eye opener for him. I thought he did well there and then a week later in Monza, he was unlucky to miss out on a point.
“Then seeing Singapore for the first time and scoring a couple of points. He’s a gritty racer, we know that about him.
“I think he’s grabbed this opportunity in Formula 1 that very seldom drivers get – a chance to demonstrate his talent.
“He’s done a tremendous job and certainly has put himself firmly on the radar and cemented the feeling that we had about him.”
In the competitive world of Formula 1, talent is abundant, but opportunities can be scarce. Liam Lawson’s journey from Red Bull reserve driver to a full-fledged Formula 1 racer is still uncertain, but the young Kiwi’s performances and the praise from key figures like Christian Horner suggest that we may witness him on the grid sooner rather than later.
“We’ve got a luxury problem, where we’ve got three into two into that team.
“Obviously, it’s an AlphaTauri issue, but you know, there are three great drivers and it’s a nice headache to have. He will be a Grand Prix driver.
“He already is a Grand Prix driver, you know, at some stage.
“Whether he has to wait a little for that or not, then.. I think he’s demonstrating that that he is a talent for the future.”