Motorsport: Liam Lawson claims first Formula One points with ninth-placed finish at Singapore Grand Prix

Liam Lawson has secured his first points in Formula One, netting two with a ninth-placed finish at the Singapore Grand Prix.

In the hope of securing a full-time drive with AlphaTauri – the sister team of Red Bull – in 2024, Lawson continues to impress since making a hasty debut at the Dutch Grand Prix last month.

The 21-year-old qualified in 10th position, ahead of his Red Bull stablemates including world champion Max Verstappen, and improved one place to cross the line in ninth at the Marina Bay Circuit.

The two points are just AlphaTauri's fourth and fifth of the season, as the slowest car on the grid. 

More importantly, Lawson has finished every race ahead of AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda, often the judge of a driver's success in motorsport.

"I'm pretty tired right now," Lawson told Sky Sports post-race.

"The race was long. It was hot. But I think we maximised, we didn't quite have the speed for the guys in front, so that was a bit tricky.

"Obviously, we did the hard work yesterday and put ourselves in Q3 and to lose those spots off the line is a bit tricky. So for the rest of the race, I gave it everything." 

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz took the chequered flag in Singapore, and in doing so ended Red Bull's streak of winning every single race in 2023 so far.

Dual world champion Verstappen had also won 10 consecutive races, dating back to the Miami Grand Prix in May.

Lando Norris of McLaren finished second, with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes completing the podium. 

Formula One will now face a short turnaround, with the drivers heading to Suzuka for next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.