Liam Lawson experienced an up and down second round of the season at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, clinching the Sprint Race victory on Saturday before unfortunately having to retire from the Feature Race due to a mishap during his pitstop.
The Carlin racer came away from Saudi Arabia second in the standings, just 11 points shy of MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich. We handed the New Zealander the reigns for the second Guest Column of the season, where he pens his thoughts on the good and the bad, as well as the lessons he learned and the reasons why he is excited to go to Imola.
ONE GOOD POINT – THE SPRINT RACE
The first race was fantastic for us. It was nice to just survive the Sprint Race with a lot of carnage going on during the race. For us, the car was fast, so getting through the first part of the race was key. Then from there, we were able to take the lead and grab some valuable points.
ONE BAD POINT – THE FEATURE RACE
The second race. We were in a position to score really good points, with a few decent championship contenders out of the running, so it would have been a good opportunity for us. It was a tough one to swallow, but something that we can learn from.
We’ll make sure that we don’t have a situation like that again, but it was understandable – in F2 pitstops, there are a lot fewer people than in F1.
WHAT I LEARNED – CONSISTENCY
Consistency. Even with the result in the Feature Race, I feel like I was in a good headspace with the way that I was driving. I was putting myself in positions that weren’t going to end up in crashes or incidents.
Compared to last season, I think it is important to try and prevent that this year. I feel like that was a positive point from the weekend.
NEXT UP - IMOLA
I have never been to Imola, but I have always wanted to go. There is a lot of history at Imola, so I am looking forward to going there for the first time.
Our prep work and the sim time we do will be very, very important as I haven't been there before. I'll be pushing hard to have a good weekend.