A Formula 1 driver not currently on the grid has revealed that he's in talks for a return to the track, or possibly a new role as a reserve driver.
Liam Lawson spent five races last season filling in for Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri while the Australian recovered from a freak broken hand, but returned to the sidelines when his more senior team-mate returned.
Despite impressing during his time on the grid, Lawson found himself without a full-time seat for the 2024 season as the Faenza-based team opted to stick with the pairing of Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda heading into their new era.
While Lawson was given a reserve driver role with both Red Bull and the newly-named VCARB team, he is unlikely to feature in a race in 2024 unless there is, once again, an injury, or if the performances of Sergio Perez are once again leaving a lot to be desired.
Lawson unsure on F1 future
Now, the young New Zealander has revealed conversations with the teams to try and get behind the seat of an F1 car once again as quickly as possible, even if that is just in a testing capacity.
"In terms of what I’ll be driving and when I’ll be driving, that’s still to be set out," Lawson told the New Zealand Herald.
"I’d love to be behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car and we’re all working towards trying to make that happen – whether it’s testing or racing – but right now nothing is confirmed.
"It’s really just a few conversations. We have conversations over the year as the season’s going along, and then at the end, it’s really just pretty brief."
21-year-old Lawson was racing in Super Formula before his call last season, and has now opened up about missing out on the championship at the final race: "I think we all recognised that [winning Super Formula] was achievable and that the speed was there, but obviously to win a championship, you need more than that.
"There are things that I did over the season as well that I reflect on that I will probably regret, let’s say, in that championship moment that cost a lot of points, but it’s part of the process."
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