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Liam Lawson
Liam Lawson
FIA F3 Austria 2019 Nr. 4 Lawson 1.jpg
Lawson at the 2019 FIA F3 Austrian Grand Prix
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealander
Born (2002-02-11) 11 February 2002 (age 19)
Hastings, New Zealand
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2021
Current teamHitech Grand Prix
Car number7
Starts11 (11 entries)
Wins1
Podiums2
Poles1
Fastest laps0
Best finishTBD in 2021
Previous series
2019-20
2019-20
2019
2018
2018
2017
2016-17
FIA Formula 3 Championship
Toyota Racing Series
Euroformula Open Championship
F3 Asian Championship
ADAC Formula 4
Australian F4 Championship
NZ F1600 Championship Series
Championship titles
2019
2016-17
Toyota Racing Series
NZ F1600 Championship Series

Liam Lawson (born 11 February 2002) is a New Zealand motor racing driver, mentored by three-time New Zealand Grand Prix winner Ken Smith. He is a previous Toyota Racing Series champion and member of the Red Bull Junior Team,[1][2][3] currently driving for the Hitech Grand Prix team in the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship.[4] He is also currently driving for the Red Bull AF Corse team in the 2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters championship, where he partners Alex Albon.

Career

Karting

Born in Hastings but raised in Pukekohe, Lawson began karting at the age of seven, competing in numerous championships across New Zealand, including two karting titles in 2014.[5][6][7][8][9]

Lower formula

In 2015, Lawson made his single-seater debut in the Formula First Manfield Winter Series with Sabre Motorsport, taking a win and ten podiums to finish second overall.[10] A few months later, he joined Sabre to contest the NZ Formula First championship, taking a win and three podiums on his way to sixth in the championship and the Rookie of the Year title.[11][12][13] The following year, Lawson graduated to the NZ F1600 Championship Series.[14] There he dominated proceedings, claiming fourteen of the fifteen victories on offer to become the youngest champion in not just the series' history, but the youngest ever Formula Ford champion in world at the time.[15]

In 2017, Lawson moved up to the Australian F4 championship with BRM, taking five wins to finish as vice-champion in only his rookie season.[16][17] The following year, Lawson remained at Formula 4 level, moving across to contest the ADAC Formula 4 championship with Van Amersfoort Racing and received backing from Turner's, the New Zealand used car network that had previously sponsored IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.[18][19] Claiming three wins and three pole positions, Lawson's performances saw him claim his second consecutive F4 vice-champion position.[20]

Toyota Racing Series

In November 2018, Lawson joined M2 Competition for the 2019 championship.[21] Lawson dominated on debut at Highlands, taking 2 races wins by over nine-seconds each and won the Dorothy Smith Memorial Trophy as a result of winning Race 3.[22][23] Claiming three additional wins across the season, Lawson secured the title at the New Zealand Grand Prix after a season long battle with Ferrari junior and fellow countryman Marcus Armstrong.[2]

Euroformula Open Championship

Lawson had been set to join the inaugural season of the Formula European Masters with Motopark, alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda, but followed the German outfit to the Euroformula Open Championship when Formula European Masters was cancelled due to a lack of entrants.[24][25][26]

International Formula 3

In November 2018, Lawson competed in the season finale of the Asian F3 championship with Irish outfit Pinnacle Motorsport.[27] He proceeded to dominate the weekend, taking all wins, fastest laps and pole positions on offer to finish eighth in the championship.[28][29]

FIA Formula 3 Championship

In March 2019, Lawson joined MP Motorsport to contest the inaugural championship.[30] The season saw him claim two sprint race podiums at Silverstone and Monza and end the championship eleventh overall.[31][32]

The following year, Lawson switched to Hitech Grand Prix, joining fellow Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger.[33] Lawson recorded his first victory in the Austrian race.[34]

Formula One

In February 2019, Lawson was named as a new recruit to the Red Bull Junior Team.[3]

Road to Indy

In December 2017, Lawson partook in the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, finishing as the fastest driver but losing out on the scholarship to Ireland's Keith Donegan.[35][36][37]

DTM

Lawson is currently competing in the 2021 DTM, driving a Red Bull-sponsored Ferrari for the AF Corse team alongside F1 reserve driver Alex Albon. He is taking part in the DTM concurrently with his first Formula 2 season.

On 19 June 2021, Lawson won the opening race of the 2021 DTM in Monza, becoming the youngest-ever race winner in the series.[38] After a spin in the second Monza race cost him a points finish, he finished second in both races at the Lausitzring in the next round, where he was leading the second race until a problem in the pits cost him a win.[39] After failing to score points in three of the four races in the next two rounds, he got his second victory in the DTM on 4 September 2021 in the first race of the fifth round at the Red Bull Ring, which also marked the first time he started a DTM race from pole position.[40] The following day, he went on to claim his third victory in the DTM by winning the second race at the Red Bull Ring after starting from second position.[41]

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Lawson is currently competing in the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship as part of the Hitech Grand Prix team alongside Jüri Vips.[4] He finished first in the debut race of the season in Sakhir, Bahrain.[42] Lawson then went on to win the second sprint race in Monaco but was later stripped of his victory for using a prohibited throttle map at the start of the race, handing the win to Dan Ticktum. [43]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2015 Formula First Manfeild Winter Series Sabre Motorsport 12 1 1 1 10 631 2nd
2015-16 New Zealand Formula First Championship 24 1 0 1 3 1028 6th
2016-17 NZ F1600 Championship Series Liam Lawson Motorsport 15 14 5 12 15 605 1st
2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship Team BRM 21 5 1 1 12 300 2nd
Victorian State Circuit Racing Formula Vee Championship JRD 3 0 0 0 1 60 15th
2018 ADAC Formula 4 Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 20 3 3 0 9 234 2nd
F3 Asian Championship Pinnacle Motorsport 3 3 2 3 3 75 8th
2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship MP Motorsport 16 0 0 0 2 41 11th
Macau Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Euroformula Open Championship Motopark 14 4 2 1 7 179 2nd
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 5 4 5 11 356 1st
2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship Hitech Grand Prix 18 3 1 1 6 143 5th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 16 5 4 7 10 356 2nd
2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship Hitech Grand Prix 15 1 1 1 2 72 8th*
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Red Bull AF Corse 12 3 2 1 8 175 1st*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Australian Formula 4 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pos Points
2017 Team BRM SAN1
1

2
SAN1
2

2
SAN1
3

1
SAN2
1

1
SAN2
2

2
SAN2
3

2
BAR
1

3
BAR
2

1
BAR
3

9
PHI
1

3
PHI
2

10
PHI
3

7
QLD
1

10
QLD
2

4
QLD
3

6
SYD
1

6
SYD
2

6
SYD
3

3
SUR
1

1
SUR
2

4
SUR
3

1
2nd 300

Complete ADAC Formula 4 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2018 Van Amersfoort Racing OSC
1

3
OSC
2

17
OSC
3

17
HOC1
1

2
HOC1
2

2
HOC1
3

6
LAU
1

1
LAU
2

2
LAU
3

1
RBR
1

3
RBR
2

6
RBR
3

1
HOC2
1

2
HOC2
2

18
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

15
NÜR
3

14
HOC3
1

2
HOC3
2

3
HOC3
3

16
2nd 234

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2019 MP Motorsport CAT
FEA

NC
CAT
SPR

17
LEC
FEA

9
LEC
SPR

5
RBR
FEA

14
RBR
SPR

25
SIL
FEA

8
SIL
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

12
SPA
SPR

19
MNZ
FEA

7
MNZ
SPR

2
SOC
FEA

18
SOC
SPR

8
11th 41
2020 Hitech Grand Prix RBR
FEA

6
RBR
SPR

1
RBR?
FEA

8
RBR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

4
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

5
CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

9
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

7
MUG
FEA

10
MUG
SPR

1
5th 143

? Half points were awarded, as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.

Complete Macau Grand Prix results

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali Race Main race
2019 Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F3 2019 15th 20th 7th

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2021 Hitech Grand Prix BHR
SP1

1
BHR
SP2

Ret
BHR
FEA

3
MCO
SP1

9
MCO
SP2

DSQ
MCO
FEA

7
BAK
SP1

Ret
BAK
SP2

7
BAK
FEA

6
SIL
SP1

7
SIL
SP2

5
SIL
FEA

11
MNZ
SP1

5
MNZ
SP2

4
MNZ
FEA

Ret
SOC
SP1
SOC
SP2
SOC
FEA
JED
SP1
JED
SP2
JED
FEA
YMC
SP1
YMC
SP2
YMC
FEA
8th* 72*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2021 Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

13
LAU
1

2
LAU
2

2
ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

3
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

Ret
RBR
1

1
RBR
2

1
ASS
1

3
ASS
2

2
HOC
1

HOC
2

NOR
1

NOR
2

1st* 175*

* Season still in progress.

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External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Scott
NZ F1600 Championship Series
Champion

2016-17
Succeeded by
Callum Hedge
Preceded by
Robert Shwartzman
Toyota Racing Series
Champion

2019
Succeeded by
Igor Fraga
Preceded by
Richard Verschoor
New Zealand Grand Prix
Winner

2019
Succeeded by
Igor Fraga

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