Liam Lawson described his Formula 1 outing as “a crazy experience” after teaming up with AlphaTauri during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Red Bull and AlphaTauri Reserve Lawson replaced Pierre Gasly during the hour-long opening session at Spa-Francorchamps as the team capitalized on one of its two mandatory rookie appearances for the year.
Lawson attended Formula 2 practice on Friday before moving to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri, marking his second appearance for the team after his day of testing in Abu Dhabi last December.
Lawson was the slowest of the 19 riders to set a time, but his chances of improving his benchmark were thwarted when it rained in the closing minutes of the session at Spa-Francorchamps.
“I enjoyed driving the car at such an iconic track, it was a crazy experience,” said Lawson.
“The car was great to drive, the limit is so much further than I was ready for, it took me a bit to get used to.
“I think I kept picking up the pace on the hards and was ready to push on the softs at the end, so it’s a bit of a shame I didn’t get a chance to really try.
“I want to say a big thank you to AlphaTauri and Red Bull for giving me this opportunity. It was really cool to spend the weekend with the team, it’s a crazy step up from F2.
“There are so many more people than I’m used to, but to have this opportunity is really great for us young drivers to understand what it’s like in an F1 team and learn as much as possible.
“I enjoyed every second today and am very grateful for this opportunity.”
Lawson qualified sixth for the Formula 2 feature race.