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Liam Lawson

Lawson 'won't settle' for anything less than full-time F1 seat

The AlphaTauri driver has adjusted to life in Formula 1 rapidly and wants to continue if the opportunities allow it.

Lawson Zandvoort
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Liam Lawson said he will "not settle" for anything less than a drive in Formula 1, as he looks towards his future prospects.

After substituting for the injured Daniel Ricciardo at the last two races in Zandvoort and Monza, the New Zealander has impressed with 13th and 11th place finishes, respectively.

Ricciardo is back in the Singapore paddock this weekend sporting a brace on his hand, but will only be involved with the team in an "engineering capacity" according to the team.

It is expected that Lawson will continue to carry out his duties for the following Japanese Grand Prix, with Ricciardo returning for the Qatar GP in October, but the Kiwi is firm that he won't 'settle' for anything less than a full-time seat.

Lawson: Lots of high intensity work to prepare for Singapore

"I think it's just making the most of this situation now, I guess we'll see what happens [in the future]," Lawson told media, including RacingNews365.

"It's obviously very rare that you have an opportunity to drive in F1 and I have it now, so it's just making the most of it."

"I'd say now that I've had a taste, it's definitely something I've fallen in love with and I don't think I can settle for anything less [than a full-time drive]."

Lawson has brought both of his parents to the race in Singapore, a race he dreamt of going to as a kid.

"I think because it was a night race, it was something that I always really liked," he explained.

"My dad promised me like every year from when I was seven years old that he'd take me to the Singapore Grand Prix and we never could go.

"This weekend, he's actually coming. So both my parents I'm taking this time."

Singapore is known for being one of the toughest races for drivers on the calendar due to the high humidity, which makes the temperatures in the cockpit some of the highest.

Lawson has spent a lot of time preparing for the race prior to getting into the car with his trainers.

"[I've done] lots of laps in the sun, away from that just lots of time in the heat, uncomfortable situations, lots of clothing, high-intensity work basically to try and do as much as we can to prepare for it," he added.

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