Monday, 19 August, 2019

Albon to replace Gasly at Red Bull from Belgium

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Days after both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team manager Helmut Marko and team principal Christian Horner stated that Pierre Gasly would not be replaced before the 2019 Formula 1 season ended, the team have confirmed that Alexander Albon will replace Gasly beginning in the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Gasly joined Red Bull from Toro Rosso at the start of the year but has struggled for performance, scoring just 63 points to teammate Max Verstappen's 181.

Following Alexander Albon's promotion to Red Bull Racing, Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle has warned the British-born Thai driver about the move from Toro Rosso.

Albon - who was signed up to the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 - has accrued 16 points in his maiden season in the championship with a best-placed sixth in the German Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his vehicle during the second Formula One practice session at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, July 26, 2019.

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Red Bull are, of course, no strangers to mid-season driver swaps.

Red Bull say they will "use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance" and make a "decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020". The Frenchman has yet to appear on the podium in a vehicle 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. "We need him to be racing Ferraris and Mercedes".

"Commiseratons to Pierre, but he rides again and is still in the game", Brundle said on his Twitter account, with Gasly moving back to his former team Toro Rosso for the remainder of the season.

Albon has performed well in his debut year and was 6-6 in his qualifying head-to-head with teammate Kvyat after the first 12 races.

Last month's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was Albon's first wet F1 race and he now finds himself in a winning vehicle after just 12 grand prix starts. He sits in fifth place with 132 points, 69 points ahead of the 23-year-old Frenchman, and he has scored 75 points in the last six races alone.

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