Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, recently shed light on the promising young talent, Liam Lawson’s future in Formula 1, confirming that “by 2025 at the latest,” Lawson will secure a permanent seat in the pinnacle of motorsport.
Liam Lawson, currently serving as Red Bull’s reserve driver, stepped into the spotlight when he replaced Daniel Ricciardo in the AlphaTauri AT04. Ricciardo suffered a wrist injury during the second free practice session of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, opening the door for the New Zealander to showcase his skills.
Lawson’s performances on the track have been nothing short of impressive. Notably, he clinched his first Formula One points in Singapore with a commendable ninth-place finish, fueling speculation that a full-time seat in Formula 1 for the 2024 season might be on the horizon.
However, AlphaTauri soon put an end to the speculations by announcing contract extensions for Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo, ensuring their presence on the grid for the 2024 season. Meanwhile, Lawson’s role was confirmed to continue as the reserve driver for both AlphaTauri and Red Bull.
In a recent interview with Kleine Zeitung, Dr. Helmut Marko hinted at Liam Lawson’s bright future in Formula 1. Marko’s words carry significant weight in the motorsport world, given his influential role within the Red Bull Racing organization.
While Lawson will continue to fill in for Ricciardo at the upcoming Qatar Grand Prix, it is widely anticipated that the Australian driver will make his return for the Austin Grand Prix later this month. This temporary arrangement underscores Red Bull’s commitment to nurturing young talents like Lawson while also utilizing the experience of seasoned drivers like Ricciardo.
“Lawson certainly has the potential to be a GP winner, as he has mastered all the tasks so far masterfully and under the most difficult conditions. He was, in the truest sense of the word, thrown into the cold rain.
“He’s a tough racer and one of the strongest drivers ever in a duel. With the role of reserve driver, he has a big task next year. But by 2025, at the latest, he’ll be sitting permanently in a Formula 1 car anyway.”
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In conclusion, Liam Lawson’s journey in Formula 1 has been nothing short of remarkable. With Dr. Helmut Marko’s endorsement and a temporary stint in the AlphaTauri, Lawson’s path to a permanent Formula 1 seat by 2025 seems all the more promising, making him one of the most exciting prospects to watch in the world of motorsport.