When Liam Lawson, 19-year-old New Zealand rider of the Red Bull youth program, crossed the finish line in Monza last Saturday, he did not know that he was the youngest winner in the history of the touring DTM series.
This year, Liam is combining Formula 2 with DTM performances for Team AlphaTauri AF Corse, and he won his debut race. By the way, in Bahrain, where the first stage of the season in F2 took place, he, a newcomer to this series, also climbed to the highest step of the podium.
How Lawson dealt with his seasoned and established rivals at Monza was assessed by Gerhard Berger, Head of the DTM Championship: “I was impressed by how he made his way from seventh at the start to first by winning the race. Moreover, he made some overtaking partially on the grass. It looks like he has all the qualities that Formula 1 needs. “
After Lawson’s victorious finish at Monza, Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s almighty motorsport adviser, did not call his driver yet, although it was his idea to send the guy to gain experience in the DTM.
“After winning the race, I first talked to my coach. After the race, I always talk to him first. Then, perhaps, I called my parents … To be honest, I don’t remember exactly. Liam said. – And, of course, I celebrated the victory together with the team, for all of us it was an important moment. We won in Italy with a Ferrari – a special achievement! “
In December, Lawson took part in Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi, after which he returned to his homeland, New Zealand, but after a while his manager, Grant MacDonald, called: “He said that Helmut Marko should call him and that he I didn’t say that we need to somehow prepare for this ”.
And soon, to his surprise, Liam learned that in 2021 he would have to compete not only in Formula 2, but also in the DTM, since Red Bull decided to return to this series. Lawson admitted that he did not even immediately believe it: “At first I thought that Grant was joking, but it turned out that it is true.”
And unlike Alexander Elbon and Nick Cassidy, who will replace each other at the wheel of the second Ferrari 488 of the AlphaTauri AF Corse team, Liam will spend a full season in the DTM.
Like all young racers, he, of course, dreams of Formula 1, although he understands that this is still far away. But every striking achievement, such as the victory at Monza, is a small step towards the main goal.
In Formula 2, Lawson plays for the Hitech Grand Prix team, after three stages of the season he has one win, one podium and one pole, and so far he is in 8th place in the individual competition.
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