Dutch Grand Prix – Liam Lawson will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend after an injury from crash in FP2 has ruled Daniel Ricciardo out.
Near the start of FP2 McLaren’s Oscar Piastri lost the rear of his car and went into the barriers on the outside of T3, Ricciardo was a little further back on the track and took a high line into the corner before he saw the stranded McLaren and went into the barrier himself in order to avoid hitting the other car.
Ricciardo radioed his team letting them know that he hurt his hand in the impact and could be seen cradling it as he got out of the cockpit. Scuderia AlphaTauri confirmed. The Australian was brought to the hospital to get checked out and a statement from AlphaTauri confirms that he broke a metacarpal bone in his left hand.
The AlphaTauri statement read: “After today’s incident during Free Practice 2 in Zandvoort, in which Daniel Ricciardo hit the barrier at Turn 3, he was brought to the local hospital and further examinations were carried out.
“An X-ray confirmed he sustained a break to a metacarpal on his left hand, and this injury will not allow him to continue his duties, so he will be replaced by the team’s reserve driver Liam Lawson for the remainder of this weekend. The team wishes him all the best for the quickest possible recovery.”
Lawson is currently in his second year as a reserve driver for Red Bull and AlphaTauri while also competing in the Japanese Super Formula championship where he has three wins and sits P2 with only two rounds to go.
The young Kiwi took part in three practice sessions last season taking over an AlphaTauri car at Spa and Mexico City and also getting into the Red Bull for the final FP1 of the year in Abu Dhabi. Lawson will be the third teammate Yuki Tsunoda has raced with this year as Ricciardo was brought in two races ago to replace Nyck de Vries after only ten rounds.
With the Italian Grand Prix in Monza scheduled for next weekend, it’s quite possible that Ricciardo might not be able to compete there either.