Liam Lawson responds to being in ‘trouble’ after angering Max Verstappen

Liam Lawson has humorously responded to speculation Red Bull are annoyed at him for knocking title-leader Max Verstappen out of qualifying.

Liam Lawson, currently standing in for the injured Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, responded to fans’ questions following his impressive performance in the Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session. 

The young Kiwi driver’s strong showing, which pushed both Red Bull drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, out of the top 10, raised inquiries about his standing within the Red Bull family.

Despite having only three attempts on track alongside the rest of the Formula 1 grid, Liam Lawson left a strong impression during the Marina Bay Circuit’s Q2 session. 

His outstanding flying lap secured the 10th position on the grid, subsequently ending Max Verstappen’s chances of challenging for pole position and contributing to the conclusion of Red Bull’s ongoing dominance in the season.

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As a driver for a team owned by Red Bull, Lawson’s performance may not have been met with enthusiasm among his Red Bull colleagues. 

However, the Kiwi driver responded to fan inquiries about potential repercussions with humour during an autograph session.

One fan asked, “Did you get in trouble with Red Bull for doing that?” 

In response, Lawson wore a smile and humorously replied, “Not yet.”

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While Lawson might have ruffled feathers at Red Bull by out qualifying Max Verstappen, he certainly redeemed himself in the race, becoming the first driver in the history of the Singapore Grand Prix to score their debut points in Formula 1 at the challenging track.

Lawson’s two points put him in P19 of the Drivers’ Standings, ahead of former AlphaTauri Nyck de Vries, who has fallen down to P21 and just one point behind his teammate Yuki Tsunoda.