Lawson replaces Ricciardo following his crash in FP2

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Following his crash in the second practice session, AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo has been ruled out of Dutch Grand Prix with a broken wrist, he will be replaced by Liam Lawson in the remainder of the weekend.

The eight-time grand prix winner crashed at the banked Turn 3 corner in the early stages of Free Practice 2 after getting caught out by Oscar Piastri’s crash just ahead of him.

The Australian was taken to hospital for further checks, and the inspection revealed that the 34-year-old had broken his wrist and thus would be unable to race this weekend.

Shortly after, AlphaTauri released a statement: "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. Further updates will be released in due course."

Red Bull and AlphaTauri's reserve driver Lawson will step in to take over Ricciardo's car and race at Zandvoort alongside Yuki Tsunoda.

After finishing second in the Australian Formula 4 Championship in 2017, the New-Zealander moved to Europe to compete in Germany's ADAC F4 series where he ended up second in 2018. Next year saw Lawson race in the FIA F3 Championship, the Euroformula Open Championship and the Toyota Racing Series in which he claimed five wins en route to clinch the title.

Although he won three races in the FIA F3 series in 2020, he had to settle for P5 in the drivers' championship. In 2021, he stepped up into the FIA F2 Championship where he finished ninth alongside an overall second place in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He continued to race in the FIA F2 series last year where he claimed a third place at the end of the year. He currently competes in Japan's Super Formula where he has already clinched three wins in seven races and sits second in the standings.