Liam Lawson will remain in AlphaTauri’s line-up for this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix.Yuki Tsunoda since Daniel Ricciardo broke his hand during practice for the Dutch Grand Prix in August.
In the four grands prix Lawson has contested so far he has scored two points, reached Q3 and never finished lower than 13th.
Ricciardo had only been in the AlphaTauri AT04 for two weekends before his injury, having replaced the underperforming Nyck de Vries. His best finish until that point was 13th.
To see if he was ready for a return in Qatar in terms of strength in his hand, Ricciardo recently did a simulator session at AlphaTauri’s Faenza headquarters. Following that, it was determined that he would not be back in the cockpit this weekend and he now has an extra two weeks to rest his hand before the United States Grand Prix.
Before being called up to make his Formula 1 debut, Lawson was combining his reserve driver duties for Red Bull with racing in Japan’s top-level Super Formula series. He sits second in the standings ahead of the double-header Suzuka season finale at the end of this month having won three of the seven races held so far.
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