July 23, 2024

Eddie Jordan believes Red Bull should consider promoting their reserve driver, Liam Lawson, as one of two drivers who could partner Max Verstappen in the 2025 Formula 1 season.

Currently, Sergio Pérez is sitting next to the reigning world champion, but disappointing performances in the 2023 season have raised doubts about his future, especially with his contract expiring in end of 2024.

Red Bull has plenty of options for next season and Lawson could be a strong candidate.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has previously mentioned significant interest from F1 drivers regarding the potential vacancy.

And now former F1 team owner Jordan believes Lawson deserves a permanent seat in F1 after being overlooked by AlphaTauri. “Lawson finished 11th – and he continues to do so – in a car that really shouldn’t be there, scoring points in Singapore and he always gets it,” said Jordan above podcast My Formula for Success.

“Lawson deserves a chance in Formula 1, you can only win the championship with one driver. And in my opinion, if you replace Checo [Perez], I will change him into someone completely new, who have a really bright future…

“I think of Lawson because it’s the same kind of relief team, right? [Sebastian] Vettel comes from where and Lawson has that ability. I think next year or the year after he will end up at Red Bull.”

Jordan then added:
“Put Lawson in the car. Take advantage of this opportunity, because you have the chance to create another Vettel. It’s difficult to see how Daniel [Ricciardo] will do it… However, I think don’t lose sight of Lawson ‘ he’s really good.’

And if the Lawson deal goes through, Jordan has another promising young talent in his sights, someone he thinks Red Bull should keep an eye on. He revealed that he received information about Oscar Piastri’s outstanding abilities long before the Australian driver entered Formula 1 with McLaren. “I think he’s the real deal – done very well with McLaren, they signed him until 26 because they needed to, because he will be a very sought after driver.”

“If I was at Red Bull and thinking of replacing Checo, he would be the one I think of.”

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