Liam Lawson will take his second System 1 apply session for AlphaTauri this weekend weekend. Picture / Getty Photographs
Scuderia AlphaTauri workforce principal Franz Tost has revealed a scarcity of expertise was the important thing think about Kiwi driver Liam Lawson being neglected for a System 1 seat in 2023.
Lawson has been the reserve
driver for each Purple Bull and AlphaTauri this season, whereas has been the designated rookie apply driver for AlphaTauri’s two mandated periods.
Nevertheless, with Pierre Gasly departing Purple Bull’s sister workforce in favour of Alpine subsequent season, AlphaTauri signed present Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries in his place quite than Purple Bull academy driver Lawson.
Talking forward of the Japan Grand Prix earlier this month, Tost stated Lawson was considered one of a number of academy drivers thought-about, however the workforce in the end determined towards an in-house rent.
“All of the Purple Bull younger drivers have been considered. There’s Liam Lawson, there’s [Ayumu] Iwasa, there’s [Dennis] Hauger in System 2, then [Isack] Hadjar in System 3, however all of them nonetheless miss expertise,” Tost stated.
“They should do one other yr or two of their classes after which we are going to see what the longer term will carry.”
After getting his first alternative to get behind the wheel of a System 1 automotive as a part of a race weekend for a apply session in Belgium in August, 20-year-old Lawson took his second assured drive on Saturday morning in Mexico. Nevertheless, that chance was lower brief as, with about 5 minutes left within the hour-long session, his brakes caught fireplace and smoke billowed out the facet of the automotive to pressure him to a halt.
It was the second time in as many System 1 drives that he didn’t see out the complete session, as rain introduced his run to an early finish in Belgium.
Lawson is presently driving in his second yr of System 2, sitting seventh within the standings with one race remaining. With 123 factors, together with three race wins and eight podium appearances, he has properly surpassed his 109 factors from his debut season within the collection.
He appears set for a 3rd season at that stage in 2023 after lacking out on the seat with AlphaTauri, however will look to profit from any remaining alternatives in a System 1 automotive this yr.
Whereas reaching his allotment with the workforce this weekend, Lawson might nonetheless discover at the least yet another alternative to get behind the wheel of a System 1 automotive as Purple Bull nonetheless has one rookie session owing. Lawson is presently the reserve driver for each AlphaTauri and Purple Bull, and is a probable candidate to be supplied that drive later within the yr as properly.
Lawson has been considered one of two Kiwi System 2 athletes to take alternatives for check drives at increased ranges in current weeks. Final week, Marcus Armstrong was in the US testing for IndyCar workforce Dale Coyne Racing as he appears in the direction of at making the following step in his profession.
These alternatives got here at a handy time in System 2 competitors schedule, with the collection not as a result of race once more till the season’s last occasion in Abu Dhabi in mid-November. There, Lawson can be in a five-way battle for third place on the season standings. Armstrong, presently sits twelfth after lacking out on factors in three of the final 4 races, however might nonetheless pressure his manner again inside the highest 10 on the season’s last occasion.