Liam Lawson reveals extensive preparations before Singapore GP debut

With Daniel Ricciardo still out injured, Liam Lawson will continue to drive for AlphaTauri in Singapore

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AlphaTauri driver Liam Lawson has revealed the training programme he has been undergoing before Sunday’s 2023 Singapore Grand Prix.

Lawson, who continues to substitute for the recovering Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, will get his first taste of the Marina Bay circuit in real life after only experiencing it on the simulator.

The 21-year-old from Hastings will also have the support of his family in Singapore, with his mother and father making the trip to a race he has wanted to attend since childhood. 

“Yeah, a lot of laps in the sim,” said Lawson to the media. “Then away from that, just yeah, lots of time in [the] heat, uncomfortable situations, lots of clothing, and high-intensity work.

“Basically, to try and do as much as we can to prepare for it. It’s been a race that when I was a kid because it was a night race. It was something I always really liked.

“My dad’s promised me every year from when I was seven that he would take me to the Singapore GP, and we never could go. 

“So this weekend he’s actually coming. I’m taking [both of my parents] this time.”

Liam Lawson of AlphaTauri during final practice ahead of 2023 Dutch Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Super Formula team supportive of Lawson

Before receiving his F1 call-up, Lawson had spent the year plying his trade in Japan’s Super Formula series, taking three wins and currently lies second in the drivers’ championship behind Ritomo Miyata.

Team Mugen, the outfit Lawson is driving for in Super Formula, previously fielded Pierre Gasly in 2017 before his promotion to Toro Rosso following Carlos Sainz’s departure to Renault.

‘‘[Now] that you mentioned [it], I never told them,’’ said Lawson when asked how supportive Team Mugen had been. ‘‘It all happened very quickly, and I’ve spoken to them since then.

‘‘But [it] wasn’t something I told them [immediately]. They’ve been super supportive all season as well. 

‘‘They’ve been amazing to work with, and I think it’s helped honestly a lot to be ready for something like this.’’

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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