Max Verstappen will miss the opening free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Red Bull handing a practice outing to Liam Lawson. The Dutchman will miss the opening 60 minutes of track time so Red Bull can comply with F1's rules regarding rookie driver appearances. F1 teams must run a driver who has completed fewer than two Grands Prix at a minimum of two race weekends per season. Red Bull are one of several teams who will be required to complete their young driver testing duties at the final race weekend in Abu Dhabi, along with Ferrari, Haas, McLaren and Alpine. Red Bull's first mandatory young driver outing was during the Spanish GP weekend, when Juri Vips took part in FP1 in place of Sergio Perez.
Taking the seat for FP1 👊 @LiamLawson30 will be driving the RB18 at the #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/l3CKjNV9ec — Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) November 17, 2022