AlphaTauri will become the third team to complete the mandated handover of two practice sessions to aspiring F1 drivers this season as Liam Lawson has been confirmed for this weekend’s race in Mexico.
Formula 2 driver and Red Bull junior Lawson drove Pierre Gasly’s car at the Belgian Grand Prix, and had already been confirmed as having a second run in the AlphaTauri AT03 later in the season. It has now been announced he will take the place of Yuki Tsunoda in the first practice session in Mexico City this weekend.
Lawson is currently seventh in the F2 championship with one round to go, having won three races so far in his second season, and will be one of four practice-only drivers in Mexico.
Lawson’s F2 rival Jack Doohan will make his F1 practice debut for Alpine, Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi is back in action on a race weekend for the first time since his two-race stint with the team in 2020, and Mercedes will run Nyck de Vries for the second time this season to complete their practice session quota.
Alpine, Aston Martin, Haas and McLaren have all scheduled their final second practice session handover to take place at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari have said Robert Shwartzman will be driving at one of the last three grands prix, and there has been no word from Red Bull on how they will complete the practice session requirement as they still need to replace Max Verstappen for one session.
Although Aston Martin’s junior driver Felipe Drugovich will not get his chance to drive the team’s 2022 F1 car until Abu Dhabi, he is being immersed into the race team through the final American leg of the season, starting with last weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
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F1 teams’ junior driver practice schedules
|Mercedes||French Grand Prix||Nyck de Vries||Mexican Grand Prix||Nyck de Vries|
|Red Bull||Spanish Grand Prix||Juri Vips||TBC||TBC|
|Ferrari||United States Grand Prix||Robert Shwartzman||TBC||Robert Shwartzman|
|McLaren||United States Grand Prix||Alex Palou||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Pato O’Ward|
|Alpine||Mexican Grand Prix||Jack Doohan||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Jack Doohan|
|AlphaTauri||Belgian Grand Prix||Liam Lawson||Mexican Grand Prix||Liam Lawson|
|Aston Martin||Italian Grand Prix||Nyck de Vries||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Felipe Drugovich|
|Williams||Spanish Grand Prix||Nyck de Vries||United States Grand Prix||Logan Sargeant|
|Alfa Romeo||Bahrain Grand Prix||Zhou Guanyu||United States Grand Prix||Theo Pourchaire|
|Haas||Mexican Grand Prix||Pietro Fittipaldi||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Pietro Fittipaldi|