New Zealand racing driver Liam Lawson is set to start on the front row at this weekend’s FIA Formula 2 Championship feature race in Azerbaijan after the sprint race on Sunday.
Lawson commented that the position was “a good starting point,” and went onto add that “Here the warm-up was quite compromised, and basically, I never had the temp in the tyres and never had that confidence starting the lap. So the first lap, especially the first sector, was quite under the limits but it was a decent lap.”
Qualifying just 0.163 of a second behind Estonian driver Jüri Vips, Lawson managed to set a time of 1:53.925 – scoring him second place.
Dennis Hauger rounded out the top three drivers making it an all-Red Bull junior lock-out.
Fellow Kiwi Marcus Armstrong, Vips’ teammate, nearly joined Lawson in the top places but qualified fourth fastest just 0.004 of a second behind Hauger.
“Obviously, the first focus is the Sprint Race,” said Lawson. “Getting a good start and trying to make up positions on Lap 1.”
“From there we’ve shown the car is fast today, so hopefully, we have that speed in the races and then we can try and move forward as far as we can. For us, we’ve lost a huge amount of points so far this year and we, and myself as well, need to get on top of that this weekend.” added Lawson.
F2 race times for New Zealand:
Sprint Race – Saturday 11, 9:30PM
Feature Race – Sunday 12, 7:00PM
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