Liam Lawson insists he did not take “satisfaction” from being the lead AlphaTauri across the line at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, after it was confirmed earlier in the week that he would not be racing for the team full-time in 2024.
AlphaTauri confirmed last weekend that Daniel Ricciardo – for whom Lawson has been filling in for since he broke his hand in Zandvoort – and Yuki Tsunoda would be their 2024 driver line-up, with Lawson set to take a reserve role at the team next year.
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Following the announcement, Lawson finished 11th ahead of Tsunoda in 12th, with the pair even going wheel-to-wheel in the opening exchanges of the Japanese GP. But Lawson was keen to play down the significance of Sunday’s result.
Asked if he was satisfied with beating Tsunoda, Lawson said: “Not satisfaction. I want to be in the seat, and I don’t have one right now. So, it’s basically doing the best job I can each time I get in the car, and I’ll basically keep doing that for as long as I am driving.”