Liam Lawson has admitted that he is not taking much satisfaction from the Japanese Grand Prix despite beating team-mate Yuki Tsunoda on the road.
Lawson crossed the line in 11th place, missing out on points after scoring a P9 result last time out in Singapore, but is expected to be back in the car for the Qatar Grand Prix as Daniel Ricciardo is not thought to be fully 100% fit following his hand break.
Tsunoda and Ricciardo were confirmed as the team's 2024 line-up meaning Lawson will not be on the grid in a Red Bull-backed seat despite calls for him to have one following his strong performances since stepping in for Ricciardo.
Lawson not satisfied
When asked if he was satisfied to finish ahead of his team-mate after missing out on a drive for next season, Lawson said: “Not satisfaction.
“I want to be in a seat and I don’t have one right now. It’s basically just doing the best job I can each time I get into the car. I’ll keep doing that for as long as I’m driving.”
Lawson added that AlphaTauri didn’t have the pace within the car to challenge for points during the Grand Prix.
“We didn’t quite have the speed today,” he said. “To be honest, the only guys that we were really racing today were the Alpines and they were too quick.
“It meant that we were just outside the points unfortunately. I feel like we pretty much maximised [what we could]."