Who is Liam Lawson? F1 driver that replaces Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri

Daniel Ricciardo will not take part in the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix after breaking his hand on Friday

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In the high-octane world of Formula 1, where every millisecond counts and the roar of engines is a symphony to fans worldwide, unexpected events can change the trajectory of a race or even a season.

The recent news of Daniel Ricciardo’s injury sent shockwaves through the F1 community. As fans and teams grapple with the implications of this development, a silver lining emerges in the form of a young, talented driver named Liam Lawson.

But who is this prodigious talent, and what journey has led him to this pivotal moment in his career? Let’s embark on a deep dive into the life and career of Liam Lawson, the young driver set to make waves in the world of Formula 1.

Karting and Junior Career

Liam Lawson‘s origin story begins in the picturesque town of Hastings, New Zealand. From the moment he could walk, Lawson exhibited an innate passion for speed.

The local karting tracks became his playground, and it wasn’t long before he was outpacing competitors much older than him. His natural talent, combined with an unwavering dedication, saw him rise rapidly through the ranks.

Transitioning from karting, Lawson ventured into the junior racing circuits. Here, against a backdrop of roaring engines and cheering crowds, he continued to shine. His name became a regular feature on leaderboards, and whispers of ‘Who is Liam Lawson?‘ began to echo in racing circles.

With every race, Lawson solidified his reputation as a future star of motorsports. The Red Bull Junior Driver Program, a beacon for young talents worldwide, soon took notice of Lawson‘s prowess. Earning a spot in this esteemed program was a testament to Lawson’s potential. 

Liam Lawson looks on in the Red Bull garage | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Liam Lawson in Formula 2

Before making waves in the Super Formula championship in Japan, Lawson had already established himself as a formidable competitor in the Formula 2 Championship.

Racing for the Carlin team, Lawson showcased his talent and determination on numerous occasions. His best finish in the 2021 season was a very respectable ninth place, indicating his potential to compete at the highest levels of motorsport.

But Lawson‘s prowess isn’t limited to Formula 2. His racing journey has been dotted with numerous accolades. A notable highlight is his performance in the NZ Formula Ford (F1600) championship.

Demonstrating sheer dominance, Lawson secured 15 pole positions, 15 fastest laps, and an astounding 14 victories out of 15 races. Such achievements underscore his talent and the promise he holds for the future of motorsport.

Liam Lawson puts a thumb up to the crowd at the Belgian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Experience in Japan

Liam Lawson‘s journey in motorsports took an exciting turn when he ventured into Japan’s racing scene. Competing in the Super Formula championship, Asia’s premier single-seater championships, Lawson quickly made his mark.

His debut in the championship was nothing short of spectacular. Racing at Fuji, Lawson qualified third on the grid for the 41-lap race and showcased his talent by clinching a victory. This debut win was a testament to his adaptability and skill, setting the tone for his future races in Japan.

But Lawson didn’t stop there. He secured another notable victory in Autopolis, marking his second win in just four races. Such performances quickly elevated him in the championship standings. By May 2023, the Red Bull-backed driver had moved from third to first, accumulating 57 points from his opening four races.

Leading the Super Formula standings after four races of the year, Lawson‘s consistency and ability to deliver top-tier performances became evident. His time in Japan not only added significant accolades to his racing resume but also provided invaluable experience, preparing him for the challenges of the global F1 stage.

Lawson’s leap to F1

Liam Lawson‘s journey to the pinnacle of motorsports is a tale of passion, dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence. As he prepares to step into the limelight at the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, replacing the formidable Daniel Ricciardo, the world waits with bated breath. 

Will this be the beginning of a new era in Formula 1? Only time will tell. But one thing is certain: Liam Lawson is here to stay, and the tracks of Formula 1 will reverberate with his legacy for years to come.

John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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