Liam Lawson was thrown into the cold waters of Formula 1 at Zandvoort a few weeks ago.
After Daniel Ricciardo’s hand injury, which the Australian suffered in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix, the New Zealander had to get behind the wheel of an AlphaTauri car and immediately participate in the next race without any significant real-world experience.
The 21-year-old ensured at Monza that he wowed the fans and delighted the critics from the start with a 13th place finish, meaning he was able to immediately put teammate Yuki Tsunoda in his place on World Cup points and drop to 11th. place.
The young man’s achievements did not go unnoticed by Red Bull Motorsport Director Helmut Marko, who recently commented on his young driver’s achievements. “He has shown that he is good enough for Formula 1. He has to confirm that in the next races,” the 80-year-old confirmed to “ServusTV” and stressed regarding Lawson’s future in Formula 1: “It can happen quickly as we have seen in the past, “But we only have four cockpits.”
Marco sees Lawson as a ‘man of the future’
However, his guest appearance in motorsport’s premier class does not end abruptly, as the return of regular driver Ricciardo is not yet on the horizon. “Unfortunately, it is a very complicated fracture,” Marco said about the Australian’s health. “The downtime should be six weeks and we don’t want to take any risks.”
Marko sees the Honey Badger returning as soon as possible at the Qatar Grand Prix at the beginning of October. This would give Lawson more opportunities to prove his skills. However, the 80-year-old is already convinced of the New Zealander’s qualities:
“He is really the man of the future, he has speed. He could have scored points if the strategy in AlphaTauri had been good. Unfortunately we have to take that into account.”
However, this can only be said in the future when Lawson can secure a regular place in Formula 1 in the long term. As things stand, Yuki Tsunoda’s contract is likely to be extended, meaning there won’t be a cockpit at Team Faenza available anytime soon.
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