Despite recent impressive drives, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has shut down rumours that Liam Lawson has been promised a seat for the 2025 season. The junior driver has been temporarily racing for Alpha Tauri whilst Daniel Ricciardo recovers from a broken wrist and has earnt two of the team’s five points to date this campaign.Embed from Getty Images
In light of his recent performances, Lawson has caught the eye of many teams looking to improve their driver line-ups ahead of the 2024 season. However, with the recent contract extensions of Yuki Tsunoda and Ricciardo, the door for next season at Alpha Tauri has closed and only the second seat at Williams is yet to be confirmed. With it looking increasingly likely that Williams will renew the contract of rookie driver Logan Sargeant for next year, Lawson may have to wait until 2025 for his next opportunity.
Following his impressive but short stint in Formula One, rumours have been circling that the New Zealand international may have been promised the second seat at Red Bull for the 2025 season. However, Horner has been quick to talk these rumours down.
“There are no guarantees of anything in life,” Horner told Sky Sports News.
“He has done exactly what we could have asked for in terms of grabbing the opportunity in Daniel’s absence to really show his capability. That’s turned some heads and it’s done him a lot of good”.
With Ricciardo looking less than likely to be back racing in Qatar this weekend, Lawson may have the opportunity to race one more time for Red Bull’s sister team this campaign.