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Christian Horner

Horner warns 'no guarantee' over future Lawson drive

The New Zealander will remain as a reserve next year despite an impressive start to life in F1.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has warned there is no guarantee that Liam Lawson will be on the F1 grid in 2025.

The New Zealander has been impressive since making his debut at the Dutch Grand Prix, already securing points with a top 10 at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lawson, who is standing in for the injured Daniel Ricciardo, will remain as a reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri next season with the latter having opted to retain the Australian and Yuki Tsunoda, whilst the championship-winning constructor will keep Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

This is despite suggestions that Lawson would shoehorn his way into a drive next year given his level of performance since jumping in the car at short notice at Zandvoort.

Grabbing the opportunity

Reports have suggested Lawson has been given a 'promise' that his reserve duties next season will be backed up by a full-time drive the year after, but Horner told Sky Sports: "There is no guarantee of anything in life. He's done a great job; he's really impressed us.

"He's 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.

"We'll keep developing him when he goes back into that test and reserve role and he'll be a candidate certainly for 2025."

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