New Zealand’s Liam Lawson celebrates a podium end within the Components Two function race in Bahrain. Picture / Getty
Liam Lawson has rounded out a surprising debut weekend in Components Two with a podium end in Bahrain.
The 19-year-old New Zealand driver backed up his win within the opening dash race of the spherical with a 3rd putting within the function race on the well-known Sakhir circuit.
This weekend marked Lawson’s first occasion within the tier that sits under Components One, having spent the prior two years in Components Three.
Beginning eighth on the grid, Lawson was happy with how the day eventuated.
“Extraordinarily blissful to complete third – it is a actually good haul of factors,” he stated.
Lawson benefitted from an early security automotive and an error from pole sitter Guanyu Zhou of China – who in the end received the race – that propelled the Kiwi up the order.
“We acquired fortunate with the VSC [virtual safety car] as a result of I used to be within the field when it got here out and everybody slowed down, so I made up some spots there,” the Hawke’s Bay driver stated.
“We had good tempo, particularly early on with the choices. Dan [Ticktum] was sooner so I let him go, in the long run I simply did not fairly have sufficient tyre life to combat with these two within the final couple of laps, however I used to be capable of get again as much as third. Factors smart, a superb weekend.”
It completes a stellar weekend for the Kiwi teenager with two podiums throughout the primary three races. He was pressured to retire within the second dash race yesterday following a collision.
Lawson’s competing within the championship that was received by German Mick Schumacher in 2020 – the son of motorsport legend Michael Schumacher – who’s now driving in Components One with Haas.
“It is loopy to now be part of it and really feel what it is like for all of those guys. I’m having fun with it to date, studying lots and there is nonetheless much more to be learnt as we go on,” Lawson says gleefully.
Lawson sits second within the championship, 11 factors off chief Zhou. The subsequent spherical is on the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.