Motorsport: Kiwi Liam Lawson takes fourth win of Formula Two season with victory in Abu Dhabi sprint race

Kiwi Liam Lawson has picked up his fourth win of the Formula Two season, taking the sprint race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Starting second on the grid, Lawson made the most of a red flag after a crash between Jehan Daruvala and Enzo Fittipaldi, and took the lead on the 10th lap.

Lawson overtook polesitter Richard Verschoor from the restart and didn't look back, as he completed the victory by 7.9s, as part of another impressive weekend for Carlin.

"Had a really nice race, managed to win, which is nice to at least have a win in the final weekend," Lawson said. "Obviously, the season hasn't gone exactly to plan, but it's nice to finish the year like this. 

"Hopefully, we can repeat something similar tomorrow."

Verschoor had to settle for second place, while 2022 Formula Two champion Felipe Drugovich finished third, as he prepares to spend 2023 as Aston Martin's reserve driver in Formula One.

Victory in the sprint race moves Lawson to fourth in the F2 championship before the final race, four points behind teammate Logan Sargeant in the race for third.

Carlin sits third in the constructor's championship, nine points behind Art Grand Prix, with a good performance from Lawson and Sargeant on Monday morning (NZ time) to move their team second on the podium.

Lawson, 20, took part in the day's opening Formula One practice session for the Red Bull senior side and produced the fifth fastest lap time at the Yas Marina circuit - beating some of the sport's most recognisable names.

The Red Bull junior put in a faster lap than four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, and previous racewinners Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.

Liam Lawson in the Red Bull cockpit during his Formula One practice session.
Liam Lawson in the Red Bull cockpit during his Formula One practice session. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

The Kiwi will contest the final race of the season from ninth on the grid in the Abu Dhabi feature race.

So far this season, all of Lawson's wins have come in sprint races, but finishing ahead of Sargeant in the feature race would give the Kiwi a shot at third place in the championship.