Lawson 'Keeping Fire Warm' Under Ricciardo And Tsunoda According To Bayer

Monday, 01 April 2024 at 15:00
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The CEO of Racing Bulls, Peter Peter Bayer, talked about his reserve driver, Liam Lawson, who hopes to find an F1 seat in 2025.
Liam Lawson is currently in a rather strange situation. Although he showed impressive performance during five races in 2023 and outperformed Yuki Tsunoda, he is still without an F1 contract.
Former F1 driver Christijan Albers recently commented on his situation, saying he had trouble understanding RB's choice of drivers with a young talent waiting on the sidelines. The CEO of RB, Peter Bayer, told Speedcafe:

"First of all, he's a very good reserve driver. He's keeping the fire warm under the two seats, they're not getting lazy."

With Daniel Ricciardo struggling in the first three races of the season, many fans started saying they would much rather see the 22-year-old Kiwi in the seat next to Tsunoda.
When asked whether he would be ready to replace the 34-year-old, Lawson told Australian Fox Sports he would 'absolutely' be ready.
Bayer pointed out how the team tries to keep him sharp by including him in their tests (the most recent one taking place at Imola): "At the same time, we do try and run him as much as we can."

"We want to do another one, so we try and give him as much track time as we possibly can afford. He's doing simulator sessions and he's with us. He's an important part of the team."

Lawson's best chance for a seat in F1 seems to be RB at the moment. It is also understood Lawson should have a high probability of getting it, but nothing has been confirmed so far, and the team might yet again decide to keep their current lineup.

"He's getting himself ready, and at the same time, by being ready and showing what he's capable of last year, he keeps that natural Red Bull pressure on."