AlphaTauri‘s young Kiwi sensation, Liam Lawson, is set to once again stand in for the injured Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo, at the Qatar Grand Prix. The news follows Lawson’s impressive performance as a replacement driver, filling in for Ricciardo after he suffered a debilitating hand injury during a practice session prior to the Dutch Grand Prix back in August.
Ricciardo, with his sights set on making a comeback at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas for the U.S. Grand Prix on the 22nd of October, has already missed a string of races. He was absent from the dual European Grand Prix events in the Netherlands and Italy and the subsequent races in Singapore and Japan. Initially, there were hopes he would be back at the wheel by the time Qatar’s race rolled around on October 8th.
Lawson, in his role as a substitution driver, has quickly turned heads in the F1 world. His first set of points was accrued at the Singapore Grand Prix. Unfortunately, despite his noteworthy accomplishments, he has not secured a race seat for 2024, missing out on the opportunity.
AlphaTauri‘s line up for next year has been confirmed to include the recovering Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda. Lawson is set to continue on his current path as the Red Bull reserve driver for the incoming year.
Before Ricciardo’s unfortunate injury, his AlphaTauri track record was rather short-lived. After stepping in for Dutch racer Nyck de Vries at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, he only managed two races, failing to register points in either. However, Ricciardo, an eight-time race winner, is optimistic that his stint with AlphaTauri could pave the way for a potential return to Red Bull in 2025.