Hitech’s Liam Lawson wasn’t pleased with his FIA Formula 2 results at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, despite pulling out a strong performance where he took a podium and consistently battled inside the top ten.
The Kiwi racing driver’s weekend was nothing but challenging after losing the battle to DAMS Marcus Armstrong in Sprint Race 1 where Lawson scored his third podium of the season.
Lawson was remarkably close to securing his second F2 win as he tried to snatch the race lead from Armstrong’s DAMS but ultimately failed. Yet, his Sprint Race 1 pace gives him hope that he could’ve emerged victorious in Saudi Arabia.
“Of course, the weekend could always have been better,” stated Lawson. “I was happy with the first race. If we had got a good start, I think we would have won. The pace was definitely there. We just kept getting screwed with VSCs and Safety Cars.”
There were a lot of missed opportunities in Sprint Race 2, with his Hitech losing grip at Turn 13 with just two laps remaining.
He lamented, “Race 2, that was a mistake from me, we struggle for pace, we’d made a balance change that didn’t work out, so we struggled. Then I lost the car. That was my mistake.”
The 19-year-old managed to finish ninth in the Feature Race, gaining one place from his starting position. But any progress was overshadowed by Théo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi’s nasty collision as the rest of the grid only completed five laps with half points rewarded.
“In today’s race, we were really, really fast, but obviously, we managed almost no laps. I just hope that the two drivers are OK.”
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