Emerging from the paddock are whispers that Red Bull has assured Liam Lawson a Formula 1 seat for the 2025 season. This commitment is believed to be in exchange for Lawson’s role as a reserve driver in the upcoming year.
Despite Lawson showcasing remarkable talent and adaptability, especially with his performances in Zandvoort and Singapore, he has been sidelined for a regular seat in 2024 with Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo forming the AlphaTauri team instead. This decision by Red Bull has left many in the F1 community puzzled, especially when considering the caliber of Lawson’s performances compared to other rookies.
However, it seems that Red Bull has long-term plans for the young driver. Recent whispers from insiders suggest that Lawson has been given a firm assurance of a seat in 2025. This assurance is believed to be a part of an agreement where Lawson commits to a reserve driver role for 2024. Such a move indicates Red Bull’s belief in Lawson’s potential and their intention to nurture his talent for the future.
Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, has previously hinted at Lawson’s importance to the team’s future plans. While the exact nature of Lawson’s role in 2025 remains shrouded in mystery, whether it’s with AlphaTauri or Red Bull’s main team, the commitment suggests that Red Bull sees Lawson as an integral part of their future in Formula 1.
The rumours also lead many to speculate, once again, about Sergio Perez’s future with Red Bull. The Mexican driver’s contract is currently due to expire at the end of 2024, and many have predicted that Ricciardo will move up to replace Perez, leaving a space for Lawson in AlphaTauri in 2025.