Liam Lawson of New Zealand and Hitech Grand Prix celebrates on the rostrum after profitable Dash Race 1 of Spherical 1 on the Sakhir of the Formulation 2 Championship. Photograph / Getty
Kiwi driver Liam Lawson has made a thunderous begin to his Formulation Two profession.
The 19-year-old has received the opening dash race in Bahrain. Lawson, racing for Hitech GP, drove like a seasoned professional on his Formulation 2 debut, disregarding a stern problem from second 12 months driver Jehan Daruvala to take the opening win of the season.
Charouz Racing System rookie David Beckmann hung onto third to finish a youthful podium.
“That was fairly superior. Beginning third, I had a reasonably good begin and led from that second onwards,” Lawson mentioned.
“I had huge strain from Jehan (Daruvala) in direction of the top of the race and realized lots.”
Scampering forward of Théo Pourchaire firstly, Lawson spent the vast majority of the race in a to-and-fro together with his former Formulation 3 rival, earlier than seeing the ART Grand Prix driver retire.
This handed the Kiwi a extra skilled challenger, as Daruvala – up from fifth – lined up behind him. Nevertheless, the Carlin driver had no reply to his Pink Bull academy teammates’ defensive masterclass and was pressured to accept second.
Within the second race, Lawson was sitting third when he crashed out to overlook out on one other podium end.
Reigning Formulation 3 champion Oscar Piastri went onto win race two for his maiden F2 victory.
Lawson sits fourth on the standings heading into tomorrow’s characteristic race.