Motorsport: Kiwi Liam Lawson confirmed for second Formula One practice session, to drive for Alpha Tauri at Mexican Grand Prix

Kiwi Liam Lawson will have his second Formula One practice session of the year, named to take the place of Yuki Tsunoda for Alpha Tauri before the Mexican Grand Prix.

With all 10 Formula One teams obliged to give two practice sessions to a junior driver in 2022, Lawson has already stepped into the Alpha Tauri cockpit once this season, taking over from Pierre Gasly at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Liam Lawson with Alpha Tauri.
Liam Lawson with Alpha Tauri. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

And with only three Grand Prix left this year, the 20-year-old will swap out for Tsunoda in Mexico this weekend, completing Alpha Tauri's requirements.

The Kiwi will take part in the first free practice session of the weekend, held on Saturday morning (NZ time).

Lawson is currently the reserve driver for both Alpha Tauri and Red Bull's senior team, after coming through Red Bull's driver academy.

However, despite his Red Bull links, Lawson was overlooked for a spot on the 2023 Formula One grid, as Alpha Tauri signed former Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries for next year after the departure of Gasly to Alpine.

The Pukekohe native is currently seventh in the Formula Two standings after 13 rounds and 26 races.

From those 26 races, Lawson has three victories, one second-place finish, and four third-places for 123 points, four points back from a logjam between fourth and sixth place.

Formula Two's season finishes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held from November 19 to 21.