After Sergio Perez’s new deal, Red Bull CEO Christian Horner speaks out about Alexander Albon’s future in Formula One.
Albon has been a reserve for Red Bull this season, and a drive in 2022 is not guaranteed.
According to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, Alexander Albon will be given another chance to show himself in Formula One. The 78-year-comments old’s will fuel speculation that the British-Thai racer may be given a lifeline in 2022 by either Williams or Alfa Romeo.
Albon struggled to live up to the expectations placed on him after replacing Pierre Gasly midway through the 2019 season due to the Frenchman’s problems in the Red Bull, finishing ninth in the standings in his lone complete season the following year.
Sergio Perez was brought in to replace him for 2021 after winning his maiden race in Formula One for Racing Point, and was recently given an extension, allowing him to remain as Max Verstappen’s teammate in 2022.
Albon was named a reserve driver instead of a seat in the AlphaTauri and has been competing in the DTM championship this year, with Yuki Tsunoda stepping up to partner Gasly at Red Bull’s sister team instead.
With so many excellent drivers rising up the ranks, there is always concern that a young driver will not be given another chance in F1, but Marko has stated that this would not be the case for Albon.
“Alex is a talent,” he told the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. After his time in Formula 1 with Red Bull, we didn’t write him off. He’ll have another shot in Formula 1 – wherever that may be.
“For him, the DTM is the ideal stage right now. But in Liam Lawson, we have a very capable driver in the DTM.”
Christian Horner, Red Bull’s manager, has also stated that the 25-year-old will continue to play an important role in the team.
However, with no space for Albon in 2022, Horner is claimed to have been offering the racer to both Williams and Alfa Romeo as a future alternative.
With veteran Kimi Raikkonen poised to retire and Antonio Giovinazzi’s future uncertain, it might be all-change at Alfa with George Russell’s potential move to Mercedes leaving a spot beside Nicholas Latifi at Williams.
Jost Capito, the Williams manager, is thought to have made Albon his top target to replace Russell. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”