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Helmut Marko

Marko: Liam Lawson has the talent to get into F1

The Red Bull advisor feels that Liam Lawson has what it takes to reach Formula 1 after some impressive drives in Formula 2 and DTM this year.

Liam Lawson
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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Liam Lawson has the talent to make to Formula 1 if a seat becomes available on the grid.

Lawson has impressed in his rookie season Formula 2 this year, despite being down in eighth place in the Drivers' Standings due to some misfortune. He is also racing in the DTM championship and is in second place after four races.

"It was really great how he made the switch from F2 to DTM," Marko told Newstalk ZB. "He does a great job there too. God gave him a lot of speed and good car control. What we as Red Bull can teach him is mentally and physically. But we also prepare him on the technical level.

"He does a lot of work in the simulator at the factory. For the next two weeks he will work at the factory in Milton Keynes. So we can see how he would do in Formula 1 before he's actually in it.

"We will evaluate after the end of September. If you are constantly at the front in Formula 2 and Formula 3 and also do well in DTM against experienced people, it shows that he has the capacity and talent to get into Formula 1. The other question is though, whether there is a seat available in Formula 1."

Lawson is just 19-years-old and has spoken highly of the way Red Bull and Marko have treated him when they signed the New Zealand driver in 2019. Marko sees many qualities where Lawson has shone over the last two years.

"First off, Liam is a down to earth guy," on Newstalk ZB. "He works very hard and is honest. If he makes a mistake, he immediately acknowledges it. He has had some bad luck this year, for example with his disqualification in Monaco.

He analyses very well, but that had nothing to do with his performance. He can handle it and he's also very, very ambitious. He works well with the engineers. If he sees a weakness, he works on it and you don't see it again."

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