Alex Albon Reveals His Hectic Schedule as an F1 Test Driver for Red Bull Racing

Published 10/06/2021, 5:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


After a disappointing season last year, Alex Albon was replaced by Sergio Perez at Red Bull. The young Thai driver is without a seat this season and currently is a test and reserve driver for the Milton-Keynes-based team.

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From being a driver to a reserve driver is a big demotion, but it comes with tremendous responsibilities. Meanwhile, ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, Alex Albon opens up on his schedule as a reserve and test driver for Red Bull.

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What did Alex Albon say?

During the F1 Nation podcast, when asked will he come to the track in Turkey this weekend or will he be in Milton-Keynes on the simulators, Alex Albon replied: “It depends. Let’s say I can take Russia, for instance. Most of it is I’ll be doing my DTM duties. So I finish on Sunday, normally.”

“So Tuesday, Wednesday will be working more on next year’s car. Then Thursday and Friday will be  preparation for the real craft for the weekend. We have all these lovely setups to choose from a will, basically, keep trying to find lap time within the simulator.”

Thai driver Alex Albon celebrated the first DTM win of his career in Sunday’s race eight at the iconic Nürburgring circuit to move up to fourth overall in the title race. // DTM at Nuerburgring, Germany on August 22, 2021 // Julian Kroehl / Red Bull Content Pool

“And then Friday. Friday Is the fun day, actually. I quite enjoy Fridays because we’re pretty much getting live towards FP1 and F2. I’m in the simulator as well,” concluded Albon.

Williams signed Albon to show and confirms that we are not a B-team: Jost Capito

After being dropped by Red Bull, Alex Albon will return to the grid after one year with Williams. He will replace Mercedes-bound George Russell, who will team up the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

However, this move was against Williams’ engine supplier, Mercedes, who was willing to land this year’s Formula E winner Nyck de Vries at the Wantage-based team instead of Alex Albon, who is a Red Bull academy driver.

Meanwhile, Williams’ team principal, Jost Capito, reveals choosing Albon over de Vries proves Williams isn’t a B-team.

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“[It] shows and confirms that we are not a B-team,” told Jost Capito.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon arrives ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“It’s not important for us to send this message to anybody, it’s just that it shows that we really do what is best for the team and we decide it within the team. We are not driven by anybody else than ourselves.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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