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NZ’s Liam Lawson may be underrated at the moment thanks to his fill-ins for the injured Daniel Ricciardo in the other Alpha Tauri-RBPT Honda race car recently. But he will have to spend the next Formula 1 season as their reserve driver for all races after they retained both Riccardo & Yuki Tsunoda unless Williams can loan him out from Red Bull to replace Logan Sargeant, which is going to be less likely to happen now.
He’s done so well in qualifying as well as his race results that includes his first points finish of 9th last weekend in Singapore. Now he still has one Super Formula round to try and win a championship there towards the end of next month, but then that round clashes with the Mexico City GP should Daniel Ricciardo still not recover from his hand injury. It would’ve been better if Danny moved onto Williams; Unfortunately he’s there to help Yuki and the team out over the next year at this stage. There is nothing bad about Liam where he’s so highly rated, especially when he’s our of our Aussie neighbours across the Ditch.
After the announcement today, I guess he will come back better regardless of what happens in the short-term. Once Sergio Perez leaves in 2025, then we will be able to finally see Liam back out on track every round for AT to make a more meaningful impact with results on the board before the team’s switch to Ford from 2026. It’s never been a better time where not only we can see an Aussie in Oscar Piastri & Danny Ric battling up front, but it’s also good to see a Kiwi doing well too in Liam.
Whatever you do Red Bull, don’t waste his talent and lose him to another series. Although I wouldn’t mind if he did race at the Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans (top hypercar class) next year for the occasion.