Horner's Latest Update On Lawson: He Isn't Priority

Friday, 26 April 2024 at 12:00
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Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing's team principal) issued an update on Liam Lawson's chances of getting a seat on one of Red Bull Racing's teams.
Red Bull currently owns two Formula 1 teams: Red Bull Racing and RB. Despite showing his potential last season, Liam Lawson didn't get a seat on these two teams. On the other hand, Red Bull kept him close as he is a reserve driver in both.
This means that if any of Red Bull or RB's current drivers couldn't attend a race for whatever reason, Lawson would be placed in their seat.
However, the 22-year-old doesn't want to be just a reserve driver, and he has previously shown that he has what it takes to have a proper, permanent seat in Formula 1.
Former AlphaTauri (now RB) team principal Franz Tost, who worked with the Kiwi driver in 2023, said he did a "fantastic" job and expected him to be in F1 at least in 2025.
It was also rumored that Red Bull guaranteed Lawson a seat in RB for the next season, but in his recent interview, Horner suggested there are no such guarantees for the 22-year-old. As quoted by Lastwordonsports.com, he said:

"Now, obviously, waiting in the wings is a driver with the talent of Liam Lawson – who naturally is champing at the bit to get an opportunity."

"But there's nothing pre-set or preordained as to when or even if that would take place. The priority is for sure for the drivers that are in the race seats at the moment, and we'll see how that pans out."

The situation with race seats in Red Bull is rather complicated currently. While there are many scenarios in which an opportunity could open up for Lawson, it is also possible that Red Bull and RB would just retain all their drivers as they are now for the next season.
It doesn't seem likely that Lawson would get a chance at Red Bull, so he can only hope that one of the RB drivers either gets promoted or leaves the team.