The Red Bull driver Academy is famed in the paddock for bringing young talent like Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen through. However, it is also notorious for brutally axing them when things go sideways. Just ask Alex Albon.
The Thai driver was another one whose Red Bull tenure was cut short after a dip in form. He could only muster half the points of his teammate, Max Verstappen, in the 2020 drivers tally. But then again, Verstappen is a driver from a different dimension.
Though Albon wasn’t entirely to blame for his poor showing, or at least he believes so. Throughout the season, he voiced his complaints with the RB16. It struggled with balance, grip, and a lack of top speed. He’s admitted to his difficulties inside the cockpit of that car –
“Of course, I’m disappointed in it. It is no secret that it was a difficult car. It was a difficult season for me last year. You have to take it.”
In the cut-throat competition of F1, either you can swim or you can sink. Albon is moving on and diverting his attention to a comeback with Red Bull or its sister-team AlphaTauri in 2022. He will look to improve his driving skills in his role as a test driver.
“Obviously, if everyone’s performing, then then you’d be able to know what the situation is. So on my side my duty is to focus on what’s going on right now, focussed on getting the best for the team, doing what I can to improve myself within the factory and with the guys. Once we can do that, then we’ll see what happens.”
Hopefully, he can earn his way back to the F1 grid next season. Very rarely does Red Bull move on from one season to another with the same contingent of regular drivers. So, when an opportunity opens up, Albon can pounce.
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