Red Bull Junior Lawson to make FP1 debut at Spa

Liam Lawson Could Reach F1
Liam Lawson Could Reach F1

New Zealander Liam Lawson is set to make his FIA Formula 1 debut with Alpha Tauri at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Lawson, who is competing in FIA Formula 2 with British team Carlin, steps in to the AT03 for first practice on Friday at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, replacing Pierre Gasly.

Speaking in a video posted on the team’s Twitter page, the Kiwi said: “I honestly couldn’t think of a better place to do it, a very exciting feeling, a historic track and a place where I’ve always enjoyed driving, so in a Formula 1 car it’s going to be incredible.”

Included in the video is Lawson’s seat fitting for the car, where the 20-year-old described how well the process went.

“(I) did my seat today, nailed it first try, which is not normal for me. The last time I did the seat fit, at the end of last year, I messed up the first one, it wasn’t quite perfect and we had to change a few things.

“Normally, I’m quite a perfectionist when it comes to the seat I have, I have a bit of OCD on how symmetrical it needs to be and today, for the first time ever, it was perfectly symmetrical.”

Alpha Tauri have not enjoyed a season quite as successful as in 2021, the team collecting only 27-points from the first 13 races of 2022.

After a promising start to the season, Japanese Yuki Tsuonda has fallen behind Frenchman Gasly, scoring 11-points to Gasly’s 16-points.

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