Drivers at a Glance | Liam Lawson

Liam Lawson is an 18 year old driver from New Zealand who drove with Hitech in the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship where he finished fifth in the standing between the three Prema drivers and ART’s Theo Pourchaire. He was the only Hitech driver to win a race this season.

According to the driver database, Lawson started karting in 2011 with his first known championship podium being in 2012 during the Cadet class Kartsport NZ National Sprint championship where he finished 3rd. From there, Lawson took 4th in both the Junior restricted class Kartsport Aukland City of Sails and the Junior restricted class Kartsport NZ North Island Sprint Championship. He went on to take second in 2013 at the 100cc Junior restricted Kartsport NZ Schools Championship, 3rd at the 2014 Junior restricted class Kartsport Aukland City of Sails and to win both the 2014 100cc Junior restricted Kartsport NZ Schools Championship and 2014 100cc Junior restricted Yamaha class Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship. For his final year, he finished 3rd in the 2015 Junior Rotax class Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship before making the move to single seaters.

He debuted in single seaters late 2015 where he joined Sabre Motorsport in the Formula First Manfield Winter Series and the 2015-16 New Zealand Formula first championship. He took one win in both with a further nine podiums in the Winter Series and a further two podiums in the New Zealand Formula First. He took 2nd and 6th in the standings. For 2016 to 17, he raced under Liam Lawson Motorsport in the NZ F1600 Championship series where he placed on the podium in every race, taking 14 out of 15 wins.

For 2017, he joined Team BRM in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship and JRD in the Victorian State Circuit Racing Formula Vee Championship. In F4, he took twelve podiums, of which five were wins, and finished second while taking one podium out of the three races in the Formula Vee. In 2018, he made the move to the ADAC Formula 4 Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing. Out of his twenty races, he took six podiums and three wins to finish second in the standings.

Lawson had a busy 2019 where he joined Motopark in the Euroformula Open Championship. He drove fourteen races with four wins and 3 further podiums. He finished second in the championship. He also joined M2 Competition in the Toyota Racing Series where, out of his 15 races, he took eleven podiums where five were wins. He went on to win the championship. He returned again in 2020 with the team where, out of the sixteen races, he took five wins again and a further five podiums. Lawson finished runner up in the standings.

Lawson debuted in Formula 3 in 2018 where he joined Pinnacle Motorsport in the F3 Asian Championship for three races. He won every single race he competed in and finished 8th in the standings. For 2019, he was picked up by MP Motorsport for the FIA Formula 3 Championship. He took two podiums and finished 11th. Lawson also joined the team in Macau where he finished 7th. He returned to the FIA Formula 3 Championship for 2020 with Hitech Grand Prix where he finished fifth. Out of his eighteen races, he took three wins and a further three podiums to accumulate 143 points.

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