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Liam Lawson

AlphaTauri 'didn't maximise Q3 potential' - Lawson

The AlphaTauri driver managed to make an appearance in the top ten shootout in just his third race weekend with the team.

Lawson Singapore Friday
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Liam Lawson felt there was "more potential" for AlphaTauri after getting through to Q3 in his third Formula 1 qualifying session as it failed to "maximise" its potential.

The New Zealander knocked out Max Verstappen to get into the top ten shootout on his Singapore debut, a track notorious for being tough on rookies on a bad night for Red Bull.

Despite getting through and setting a lap time, the only one of the four Red Bull drivers to do so, he only managed to set the 10th quickest time, and will line up on the grid behind the Haas of Nico Hulkenberg.

AlphaTauri has regularly managed to beat the American team in qualifying, with Lawson feeling there was more on offer.

"It's obviously exciting to be in Q3, but we definitely didn't maximise - something we have to look at," he told F1 TV.

"For me, I think it was [tyre] warm-up related so I just didn't feel that jump in grip for the last lap. So happy to be in Q3, but I still saw more potential there."

Lawson: Race will be challenging

It will be one of the longest races for Lawson, who looked visibly exhausted when he got out of the car following both practice sessions in the high humidity on Friday.

"Two hours is a long race, especially around here. So it's going to be challenging, but it's a good position to start," said Lawson.

"Obviously tomorrow is the important one, so we need to now focus on on maximising that."

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