Albon Opens Up on Possibility of Red Bull Letting Him Leave to Rival F1 Teams

Published 07/24/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


From being one of the 20 drivers on the Formula 1 grid to become the test and reserve driver for Red Bull, Alex Albon’s life has drastically changed over the year.

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The British-Thai driver was promoted from Scuderia Toro Rosso to Red Bull during mid-season in 2019 and even won the Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. Despite few occasional convincing performances, the Milton Keynes-based team decide to drop Albon and replace him with out-of-contract Sergio Perez.

Although, things could’ve been different for him if he hadn’t been involved in a collision with Mercedes drivers on a couple of occasions when he was poised to be on a podium. Now, Albon works closely with the simulators and helps Max Verstappen and Perez get their car in the perfect spot before the race weekend.

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However, Alex believes Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko and team principal Christian Horner will help and support him if an opportunity from rival teams on the grid knocks on his door.

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What did Alex Albon say?

“Everyone has been super nice to me at Red Bull. Helmut [Marko, Red Bull Motorsports Advisor] and Christian, I’m sure if an opportunity did come about they would be open in helping me and supporting me,” said Red Bull’s reserve and test driver, Alex Albon.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon before the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon.

“I’m sure the sim and reserve role would still be an option, too. For now, my main focus is F1, to see if there’s so space. And then we’ll see.”

Sergio Perez praised Albon after securing his maiden win with Red Bull at Baku

Sergio Perez replaced Albon at the Milton Keynes-based team this season. And after only five races with Red Bull, the Mexican clinched his first title with his new team at Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

He was behind his teammate at P2 for almost the entire race but Verstappen, who looked poised to win the race, suffered a tire blowout and had to retire the race. This paved the way for the Mexican to claim his first victory after the Sakhir GP 2020.

Meanwhile, after the race, Perez praised Red Bull‘s test driver, Albon, for helping him out with the car.

“He’s putting so much work into the simulator, with the engineers. I remember when I came here, you wouldn’t expect from him to be so open, in a way, with me,” said the Mexican.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov.

“But he explained to me all the issues that he’d had, how the car works and that was very nice, since day one, to have from him, so I really appreciated that, and I appreciate the work that he’s putting weekend after weekend with the team, with the simulator.”

The realistic options for Alex Albon next season could be Williams and Alfa Romeo, where all four seats are yet to be confirmed. Albon consecutively scored during his time as a Red Bull driver, which can lure Williams and Alfa to get his signature.

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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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