After impressing in categories around the world, 2017 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship runner-up Liam Lawson is now a member of the highly acclaimed 2019 Red Bull Junior Team.
After sensationally claiming the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, where he fought New Zealand compatriot and Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong, Lawson was this week included in the nine-driver program.
Having just celebrated his 17th birthday, the Red Bull deal of course floored the New Zealander.
“I’ve dreamed of this since I was a kid. Out of all the Formula One teams, I’ve always loved Red Bull,” Lawson told tvnz.co.nz.
“It was kind of one of those moments where you don’t realise it’s actually happening and I got up and said I’ve got to go for a walk – I couldn’t walk properly.
“I was really having to think about walking, which is something that’s really normal.”
With two seasons in Australian and German Formula 4 under his belt, Lawson will this year race in the Formula European Masters series – formerly known as European Formula 3.
The category will support the DTM series, of which Lawson is already well versed after his 2018 runner-up campaign in German Formula 4. Lawson will partner with the Motopark squad, the same team who took fellow Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum to back-to-back Macau Grand Prix victories.
Australian Jack Doohan is also confirmed in the line-up, though this year he graduates from British F4 to the F3 Asian and Euroformula Open championships.
2019 Red Bull Junior Line-up