Lawson relishing prospect of “full build-up” for second F1 race

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In the round-up: Liam Lawson is eager to experience his first full Formula 1 race weekend after stepping in as a substitute on Saturday at Zandvoort.

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Lawson looking forward to contesting practice at Italian GP

Having been called up last-minute to make his Formula 1 debut in last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix after Daniel Ricciardo was ruled out of action by a crash in practice, Liam Lawson will get to contest every track session this weekend as he substitutes again for the injured AlphaTauri driver.

“In Monza, it’s going to be nice to have the full build-up to the weekend preparation-wise, being able to drive in all the practice sessions. For Zandvoort, I flew in from Japan on Thursday night after racing there the previous weekend,” said Lawson.

“Obviously, you’re always prepared as much as you can be for these things, but it’s so unlikely that you never really expect it to happen, and then it did! The support from the team was amazing. They did everything possible to prepare me as much as possible in the limited time we had. Even during the race, Pierre [Hamelin, race engineer] was super supportive with so much information, basically walking me through it, and that really made my life a lot easier, but obviously, there are always things you can improve on. In the race, we had every condition thrown at us, so that was difficult at the time, but also a good and positive experience, which has helped me get ready for Monza.”

Nissan names its 2024 Formula E line-up

Nissan will retain Sacha Fenestraz for a second season in Formula E next year, and has signed Oliver Rowland to be his team mate.

Fenestraz made his FE debut last summer with Dragon Racing while in the middle of a title-contending Super Formula campaign, then was snapped up by Nissan this year for FE. He claimed a pole position and two fourth places.

Nissan’s motorsport arm Nismo only started running its own FE entry this year, with the team previously being run by DAMS for four seasons. Rowland drove for them in three of those campaigns, and delivered a win and four poles. In 2022 he left for Mahindra and had his lowest-scoring season, despite a pole and a podium, and left that team after half of this season.

“We’ve already enjoyed some fantastic moments together and I’m sure we are going to create some more. Thank you to Nissan and Tommaso Volpe for placing their trust in me,” said Rowland.

Pirelli reveals tyre compounds for Singapore, Japan and Qatar

Pirelli has revealed which tyre compounds will be used for the Singapore, Japanese and Qatar grands prix.

The C3, C4 and C5 tyres have been nominated for Singapore. It will be the seventh time that teams will have the softest possible selection of tyres, with the sixth time being at Monza this weekend.

In Japan and Qatar it will be the opposite, with the hardest compounds, the C1, C2 and C3, being made available to teams. The C1 is a new compound for this year, and although it has been used four times already – most recently at Zandvoort last weekend – there will be a lot to learn in Qatar as the circuit has been resurfaced since F1 last raced there in 2021 with very different cars.

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Comment of the day

Max Verstappen set, equalled and closed in on multiple records by winning the Dutch Grand Prix, many of which were noted in our stats and facts feature about the race weekend. There were some other stats noticed by RaceFans:

Verstappen has won 20 out of the 24 most recent grands prix (chose this interval as its the apparent goal for the race calender length of the FIA) . That is by far the most dominant streak ever performed by any driver over a 24 grands prix interval. Michael Schumacher has second place here, with 17 wins out of 24 from Spain 2003 to Hungary 2004. Lewis Hamilton with 16 wins out of 24 GP’s from Germany 2018 to Belgium 2019 comes in third.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Liedra, Fritz Oosthuizen and Elhombre!

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4 comments on “Lawson relishing prospect of “full build-up” for second F1 race”

  1. I’m sure he’ll do better with proper preparation & I like that image with banking elevation causing the floor to be off the ground, but the front & rear ends are in contact with it.

  2. Also i hear Zandvoort is going to increase the Pitboxen by building a add on towards the Tarzan turn. The tunnel and building will be moved too.

  3. RandomMallard
    31st August 2023, 11:09

    Today also marks four years since the passing of Anthoine Hubert. For me, it was the first time I have experienced a driver death at an F1 weekend (I started following the sport a couple of years after Bianchi), and Hubert was a driver who I had actually seen race on a few occasions, including taking a GP3 win at Silverstone the year before, so this one still resonates for me.

  4. Cannot wait for the Ferrari flick

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