Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull Racing

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Albon, the rookie who Marko had to negotiate to get out of his Formula E contract with Nissan in order for him to compete in Formula 1 this season, spent the first 12 races of the 21-race season driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull Racing junior team.

Daniil Kvyat had been considered favourite to move up from Toro Rosso had Red Bull chose to drop Gasly either during this year or ahead of next season.

Red Bull will replace French driver driver Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon for the rest of the season.

"The Team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020".

Red Bull are third in the constructors' standings but need both drivers finishing consistently high up to have a chance of overtaking Ferrari, who are 44 points ahead of them in second place with champions Mercedes far in front.

Gasly was drafted into the primary Red Bull line-up as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo for 2019, having impressed in his first full season in F1 with Toro Rosso the year before.

Gasly has 63 points from his 12 races with Red Bull, 118 fewer than Verstappen has managed in the same period.

Speaking after the Hungarian Grand Prix just over a week ago, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said it was the team's "intention" to stick with Gasly, underlining how quickly the decision to switch drivers came about. The Frenchman has yet to appear on the podium in a auto that has taken Verstappen to two race wins and three further top-three finishes, and has been out-qualified by his team mate in every race so far.

In 2016, it was Max Verstappen getting called up from Toro Rosso, while Daniil Kvyat was sent down.

"Everyone at the Team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career".

In Formula 1's "silly season" rumours circulate about where drivers will end up the following campaign and beyond, and even the best drivers on the grid are not immune to the speculation.

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