Red Bull bosses agree on Liam Lawson F1 prospects in 2025

Red Bull's Liam Lawson appeared guaranteed to get a 2025 F1 driver after his impressive AlphaTauri cameo, but that may not still be the case

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Christian Horner and RB CEO Peter Bayer refused to back Liam Lawson‘s prospects for a full-time Formula 1 drive in 2025, instead praising current RB incumbents Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo who sit 10th and 14th in the championship after the Monaco Grand Prix.

Lawson enjoyed a mightily impressive spell replacing the injured Ricciardo at AlphaTauri (now RB) for six races in 2023 to heap pressure on Red Bull management, prompting special advisor Helmut Marko to hint he was almost guaranteed a full-time driver in 2025.

However, Red Bull boss Horner a long-time ally of Ricciardo – refused to commit to the Lawson while RB‘s Bayer said they’re not ‘wasting time’ considering other options apart from the Australian and Tsunoda right now.

Liam‘s an extremely valuable member of the team,” Bayer told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “He’s with us every weekend obviously, he’s doing a lot of work in the simulator.

“But as I said before, currently we have two drivers in the cars, we’re finding performance with the two and we really do not discuss the 2025 situation because we’re in a luxury situation of having that strong grassroots pyramid behind us.

“So the focus is really on track, on the next couple of races until definitely the summer break.”

Horner: Red Bull with plenty of options

Sergio Perez in conversation with AlphaTauri’s Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda ahead of the 2023 Japanese GP | Mark Thompson/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

While Lawson shone in each one of his F1 weekends in 2023, the Singapore GP was his standout as he knocked Max Verstappen out of Q2 and went on to finish ninth in just his third grand prix.

That result in the 15th round of the season was the best race placing of any AlphaTauri driver up to that stage, and would only be bettered three times by the end of the year in a remarkable super sub showing.

However, Lawson‘s Super Formula season alongside his F1 commitments was almost as impressive. In a championship traditionally dominated by Japanese drivers, Lawson was just eight points away from becoming only the second non-native champion since the series rebranded in 2013.

Even as runner-up, it was the best performance by a foreigner since compatriot Nick Cassidy‘s 2019 championship win and it was reminiscent of Pierre Gasly‘s campaign that earned the Frenchman his own F1 full debut.

“They’re all Red Bull racing drivers and we’re only [at] race eight, so still plenty of time,” Horner added. “It’s good to see the youngsters performing well, and it’s good to have that that competition as well.

“Liam is undoubtedly keen to get back into a race situation, drivers in Formula Two are performing well at the moment, Formula Three likewise, so we have a strong vein of talent.”

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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