Alexander Albon Details His Contributions for the 2021 Red Bull F1 Car

Published 03/07/2021, 6:04 AM EST
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day two of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Alex Albon who was dropped by Red Bull at the end of last year in favor of the red hot Sergio Perez is now working as a test and reserve driver for the team. The Anglo-Thai driver revealed what his role entails and how he has been contributing on making Red Bull’s title challenge a possibility.

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The 24-year-old said that he has been working with Red Bull to develop the RB16B that was recently unveiled. Its predecessor had been infamous for a lack of control. But Albon believes most of the weak areas have been worked upon.

NUERBURG, GERMANY.  Alexander Albon AND Christian Horner talk in the garage. F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He said (translated by Google), “RB16B was my winter project, I did a lot in the simulation. Of course, last year’s car had its difficulties, and my job was to fix them and make sure the car worked well.

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“We learned a lot in the simulator. Everyone knows that last year’s car has interesting features, and part of my job was to improve handling. We want to be the leader from the first race in Bahrain this year.

“It’s nice to see that our efforts weren’t wasted and most of the work was used in the design of the RB16B. Judging by first impressions, everything is fine.”

Red Bull are shaping up to make a serious run for the title

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Even though it is early days, all the pieces of the jigsaw are aligning perfectly for the Austrian team. They have got an excellent driver pairing in Max and Perez and they’ve got a strong car by the looks of it. Moreover, Mercedes themselves are having to deal with problems of their own, the kind of problems that they haven’t faced in the past.

It looks as though the Silver Arrows are at their weakest. While that might not necessarily be true and pre-season tests will help determine that, Red Bull may just be feeling a lot more confident than they have been in recent years.

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Will 2021 be the year where Mercedes’ dominance end? Can Red Bull bring the title back to Milton Keynes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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