Albon Refuses To Hide Reason Behind Red Bull F1 Axing: “It Is No Secret”

February 22, 2021 9:56 pm

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.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

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.”

Alex Albon focussing on an F1 return with the Red Bull team (s)

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.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

“Firstly, the goal has to be with Red Bull. There is not just two, there’s four seats there and my goal would be really to wait and assess how it’s going,” said Albon.

“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.”

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon in the pits FIA/Handout via REUTERS

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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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal works as a multi-sports author for EssentiallySports. His interests in sports include but are not limited to NBA and Formula 1. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce, Delhi University. He has previously worked as a sports copywriter and social media handler for Multiple Cricket gaming apps.

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