Given his run of form ever since his promotion, Alex Albon has been regarded as the favourite to land the 2020 Red Bull drive. Further adding to his closet full of praise is team boss Christian Horner. Horner even admitted that it was “his seat to lose” after impressive showings in the last few races.

Although he is still a rookie, Alex Albon earned an unexpected promotion to replace a misfiring Pierre Gasly. Meanwhile, the Frenchman went back to junior team Toro Rosso, and has seemingly rediscovered his mojo. Alexander Albon on the other hand, has finished in the top six in all seven of his races, amassing 68 points.

Red Bull are still keeping their options open and have yet to confirm who will partner Verstappen in 2020. In addition to that, the two Toro Rosso seat are yet to be filled, but it appears that Albon is quite likely to retain his seat at the senior team.

“It’s his seat to lose really,” Horner told Sky Sports F1 in Texas. “He’s got his bum in it at the moment and he’s doing a good job.”

“We’ve still got time until the end of the year. All the drivers are under contract for next year so we don’t need to rush – but everybody has been impressed with the work he’s doing so far.”

Alex Albon

Albon’s only competition for the drive is Gasly, while Daniil Kvyat will likely remain at Toro Rosso.

“Of course it would be nice to have an answer but I’m not too worried about it,” Albon confessed to Sky Sports. “I still feel comfortable enough to know I’ll still be in F1 next year. We’ll see how it goes.”

Although his advantage over Verstappen is skewed somewhat – Albon has only finished ahead when Max endured compromised races, and only qualified in front when the Dutchman had a grid penalty – his performances, in particular his comeback drives, have been praised.

Lewis Hamilton, for example, said Albon had a “bright future” and that he hoped Red Bull didn’t “spit out” the London-born Thai driver.