Liam Lawson was surprised, to say the least, when Red Bull Racing told him he would be in the DTM from 2021. The young New Zealander thought it was a joke.
Never thought of DTM
“He came out of nowhere”, Lawson said Velocity News. “I was in my last days of quarantine in New Zealand after coming from Bahrain for Formula 2 testing. Then suddenly I got a call from my manager Grant McDonald.
Lawson explains that Dr Helmut Marko would call his manager and that Lawson himself should be ready for anything. Later that same day, Lawson was called back by his manager who relayed the news that he would drive for Red Bull in the DTM.
Lawson is up to the challenge
“I thought he was playing a joke on me. But no, it was real and now I’m really excited for this opportunity! It is Formula 1 for GT cars and the high level of the drivers and manufacturers of the class makes it a great championship ”, Lawson explains.
Lawson will cover a full eight-lap season without missing a Formula 2 race. “The biggest challenge will be the weekly switch between the Formula 2 car and the DTM car”, Concludes Lawson. He thinks DTM races can help him in the Formula 2 championship.