Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon and Liam Lawson will be racing in the DTM with backing from Red Bull. Albon, who now is the reserve Diver for Red Bull, will be participating in selected DTM races whenever his Formula 1 duties as a test, replacement and simulator driver allow. It is unknown yet who Albon will be alternating with as the announcement will be made at a later stage, as will the team and sports car brand.
In the second Red Bull cockpit,18-year-old New Zealander Liam Lawson will be driving, meaning that a talent from the ranks of the Red Bull Junior Team will be racing in the DTM that will be held with powerful GT sports cars for the first time in the new season. Lawson grew up close to the race track of Pukekohe where he started off in karting at the age of seven.In 2016 he won the New Zealand Formula Ford 1600 championship title with 14 wins from 15 races, becoming the youngest champion in history of the Formula Ford category. He was runner-up in Formula 4 twice, in Australia in 2017 and in the German ADAC Formula 4 championship in 2018. In 2019, he won his domestic Toyota Racing Series and became runner-up in the series in 2020. He was also runner-up in the 2019 Euroformula Open.
Helmut Marko said:
“The DTM with a high-class field and GT3 sports cars is an interesting platform and a real challenge, both for successful race drivers like Alex Albon as for our Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson,”
“Formula 1 drivers like Alex Albon, DTM stars like three-time champion René Rast, GT professionals and young talents like Liam Lawson - that is a high-class driver mix the way I would like it for the 2021 DTM season. It is also a perfect fit that ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has already submitted an entry for the DTM with his team, Alex Albon is a young, ambitious driver and an outstanding gain for the DTM.” Just at the end of last year, Berger had defined his personal goal for the 2021 DTM in an interview with the DTM.com web portal: “My big goal is 20 cars with at least five brands, strong drivers and a battle for the title that goes down to the wire, the final race.” The DTM participation of Alex Albon is yet another important step in this direction.