Liam Lawson (born 11 February 2002) is a New Zealand motor racing driver, mentored by three-time New Zealand Grand Prix winner Ken Smith, reigning Toyota Racing Series champion and member of the Red Bull Junior Team.[1][2][3]

Liam Lawson
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealander
Born (2002-02-11) 11 February 2002 (age 17)
Hastings, New Zealand
FIA Formula 3 Championship career
Debut season2019
Current teamMP Motorsport
Car number4
Starts16
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish11th in 2019
Previous series
2019
2019
2018
2018
2017
2016–17
Euroformula Open Championship
Toyota Racing Series
F3 Asian Championship
ADAC Formula 4
Australian Formula 4 Championship
NZ F1600 Championship Series
Championship titles
2019
2016–17
Toyota Racing Series
NZ F1600 Championship Series

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

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.[4][5][6][7][8]

Lower formulaeEdit

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.[9] 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.[10][11][12] The following year, Lawson graduated to the NZ F1600 Championship Series.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16] 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.[17][18] Claiming three wins and three pole positions, Lawson's performances saw him claim his second consecutive F4 vice-champion position.[19]

Toyota Racing SeriesEdit

In November 2018, Lawson joined M2 Competition for the 2019 championship.[20] 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.[21][22] 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 ChampionshipEdit

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.[23][24][25]

International Formula 3Edit

In November 2018, Lawson competed in the season finale of the Asian F3 championship with Irish outfit Pinnacle Motorsport.[26] He proceeded to dominate the weekend, taking all wins, fastest laps and pole positions on offer to finish eighth in the championship.[27][28]

FIA Formula 3 ChampionshipEdit

In March 2019, Lawson joined MP Motorsport to contest the inaugural championship.[29] The season saw him claim two sprint race podiums at Silverstone and Monza and end the championship eleventh overall.[30][31]

Formula OneEdit

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

Road to IndyEdit

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.[32][33][34]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

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 Team Motopark 14 4 2 1 7 179 2nd
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 5 4 5 11 356 1st
2020 Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 3 2 1 0 1 82 1st

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 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

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ashenhurst, Ryan (February 6, 2018). "76-Year-Old Kiwi Motorsport Legend Ken Smith Will Compete In The New Zealand Grand Prix". WTF1. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Waring, Bethonie (February 10, 2019). "Lawson defeats Armstrong in New Zealand GP to secure TRS title". FormulaScout. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Liam Lawson joins Juniors from all corners for global challenge". February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Liam Lawson - Red Bull Junior Team". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pukekohe's Liam Lawson wins $50,000 SpeedSport Scholarship". May 29, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "TWO-IN-ONE FINAL FOR IKS THREE-WAY". 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "2014 KartSport New Zealand National Schools' Championship". July 15, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Foot on the pedal, an eye on the prize". June 23, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "LAWSON READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT". September 28, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "LAWSON LEADING ROOKIE AFTER CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT". October 9, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "LAWSON SET FOR HOMETOWN DEBUT AFTER MAIDEN FORMULA FIRST WIN". December 8, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Pukekohe's Liam Lawson wins Rookie of the Year at NZ Formula First championship". April 8, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Liam Lawson Stepping Up To Formula Ford". May 24, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Youngest Formula 1600 champion – Liam Lawson". February 15, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "5 OPEN WHEEL YOUNG GUNS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING". June 5, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Liam Lawson wins opening Australia F4 round". April 8, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "Liam Lawson joins Van Amersfoort Racing". March 19, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "Turners & Liam Lawson Sponsorship". Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "Pukekohe's Lawson claims runner-up in German F4 championship". October 2, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Allen, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Liam Lawson gets Toyota Racing Series seat with M2 Competition". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.driven.co.nz/news/motorsport/kiwi-1-2-liam-lawson-claims-toyota-racing-series-win-on-debut/
  22. ^ https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12189716
  23. ^ Allen, Peter (February 18, 2019). "Liam Lawson signed to Red Bull Junior Team after TRS title, to race for Motopark in FEM". FormulaScout. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  24. ^ Wood, Elliot (April 2, 2019). "Motopark makes Euroformula Open switch, retains FEM line-up". FormulaScout. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  25. ^ Simmons, Marcus (March 22, 2019). "DTM-supporting Formula European Masters series for F3 cars cancelled". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  26. ^ Wood, Elliot (November 21, 2018). "Yifei Ye and Liam Lawson to make F3 debuts at Sepang this weekend". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  27. ^ Wood, Elliot (November 24, 2018). "ADAC F4 star Liam Lawson stuns on Asian F3 debut at Sepang". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  28. ^ Wood, Elliot (November 25, 2018). "Hyman wins Asian F3 title as Lawson completes triple win". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  29. ^ "Liam Lawson joins MP Motorsport for debut FIA F3 campaign". March 10, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  30. ^ "FORMULA 3: Pulcini pounces at Silverstone for first win of the season". July 14, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  31. ^ "Terrific Tsunoda soars to first F3 win in Monza". September 8, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  32. ^ "MAZDA ROAD TO INDY SHOOT-OUT NEXT FOR LAWSON". November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  33. ^ Wood, Elliot (March 15, 2018). "New Zealand star Liam Lawson joins VAR for ADAC F4". FormulaScout. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  34. ^ "Keith Donegan wins Mazda Road to Indy Shootout". December 11, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.

External linksEdit

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
Incumbent
Preceded by
Richard Verschoor
New Zealand Grand Prix
Winner

2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent