Promising Kiwi driver Liam Lawson has unveiled his plans for the Formula Two season, leaving Hitech Grand Prix to race for Carlin in this year's championship.
The teenager has returned to the track, driving on home soil in New Zealand's quickest single seater, after making plenty of noise in his maiden F2 season, which saw him win on debut and impress in his first ever Formula One test.
“I think my first radio call I gave back to the team was ‘Man, this thing’s fast’.”
Almost as fast as the Kiwi-built Rodin FZed Lawson is driving at Cromwell's Highland Motorsport Park this weekend.
“I did very cool ones this year,” says Lawson. “Monaco was very special - a track I've dreamed of racing - but as a fun factor, this track is on another level to anything.”
Rodin Cars are one of Lawon's major sponsors, helping to drive his F1 dream, and this year, that journey will see him switch to Carlin, who finished third in the 2021 constructors title.
“I'm able to take what I had from another team into this team, plus what they're teaching me, and it's all positive for this year.”
Another positive will see Lawson have greater involvement with the Red Bull F1 team, learning from the likes of world champion Max Verstappen.
“Even from that one day in the car, it's so so different… the way you approach things, how the car works, how you have to drive it,” he says. “It's a lot different, it doesn’t really compare.”
For now, Lawson will continue his craft at home, taking the Rodin on tour and hoping to break lap records at Ruapuna next weekend, then onto Hampton Downs next month.