Lawson disappointed he didn’t “maximise the performance” despite qualifying P10 for F1 Singapore GP

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AlphaTauri’s Liam Lawson sensationally knocked Max Verstappen out in Q2 to qualify P10 on his first Singapore outing.

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AlphaTauri evidently found some pace on Saturday, with Yuki Tsunoda making it to the top of the timesheet just before Lance Stroll’s heavy crash brought out a red flag in Q1.

While Q2 didn’t go Tsunoda’s way—he will line up 15th on the grid—Lawson’s final lap of the session was enough for the rookie to advance to Q3 for the first time in his career—notably, at Verstappen’s expense, as the Dutch driver only managed to set the 11th best time.

Still, despite his impressive outing, Lawson admitted that he feels a twinge of disappointment at the performance he believes he left on the table.

“It’s obviously exciting being in Q3,” he said.

“I’m happy to make it into Q3, but there’s more potential to be higher up. It’s a shame, but I’m still learning and there’s more to come.

“We didn’t maximise the performance, and it’s something we have to look at.”

“It was warm-up related,” Lawson explained. “I didn’t feel the jump in grip for the last lap and there was lots of traffic in the last sector, so that was tricky.”