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Liam Lawson

Lawson fires ultimatum warning to Red Bull over F1 drive

Liam Lawson is currently seeking a route to the Formula 1 grid in 2025, having impressed during his substitute outings last year.

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Liam Lawson has asserted his Formula 1 promotion “could be anywhere” if Red Bull doesn't grant him a full-time drive in 2025.

Lawson has been heavily linked with a spot at the RB team, where he currently acts as its reserve driver.

The New Zealand driver made five grand prix appearances last year, substituting for Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered an injury during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend.

Earlier this year, Lawson hinted he would look to move away from the Red Bull organisation if a seat for 2025 did not come his way.

RB recently asserted it is “very happy” with its current line-up of Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda, with Lawson affirming he will not wait around for a call-up from the Red Bull organisation. 

“I have no idea - everything is changing at the moment, there are a lot of drivers moving around,” Lawson told talksport.

“At the moment, I don’t really know where I slot into that, or if I do at all. It’s something that I’m working towards every day at the moment.

“I would love to be with Red Bull in F1. They are the strongest team at the moment. I’ve been with them now, this is my sixth year.

“If I could choose, I would love to be with Red Bull. But obviously, if there’s no seat there, my goal is F1. So that could be anywhere.”

'Every week something changes'

There are currently nine unconfirmed seats for the 2025 F1 campaign, including the two at the RB team.

Lawson highlighted the situation is not remaining static as he seeks clarity over Red Bull's plans for next year. 

“It's always being talked about,” he said. “F1, every week something changes. Everything is changing very, very quickly. 

“Weekend-to-weekend stuff is very different. It's talked about a lot, it's being managed. I'm always trying to work on trying to find out where I'm sitting within the team for my future.

“It's changing all the time, I don't want to be in F1 because someone is injured. 

“I want to be in F1 because a team chooses for me to be there full-time.”

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