“All the Stories” – Alex Albon Takes Aim at Max Verstappen ‘Myth’

Published 10/02/2021, 4:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco


After an unconvincing season last year, Alex Albon was replaced by Sergio Perez at Red Bull. The Mexican driver became the fourth teammate of Max Verstappen at the Milton-Keynes-based team.

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Being called in to replace Pierre Gasly, who ended up disappointing the Austrian team, Albon was given the task of teaming up with Verstappen halfway through the 2019 season. Unfortunately, at the end of the following year, the Thai-British driver was dropped, and currently, he is a test and reserve driver for Red Bull.

Given his track record so far, it is a fairly common belief in the F1 paddock and fandom that being Max Verstappen’s teammate comes with immense pressure. However, Albon, having served that role for 18 months at Red Bull, rubbishes that claim.

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What did Alex Albon say?

Max Verstappen, who turned 24 last month, has had five teammates already in Formula 1.

When asked if Verstappen’s previous teammates failed because of the great pressure to succeed, Alex replied, “To be honest, all the stories about pressure are a bit [myth]. The bottom line is that the driver puts the pressure on himself, that comes from you.”

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon wearing a protective face mask during a press conference ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“The media are much more aggressive there [F1]. You are still there to perform and do your job well. So when I drive in the DTM, I put myself under pressure to do well.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Albon impressed with the recent rise of Williams

After being away from the grid for one season, Alex Albon will return to F1 next year with Williams. He will take over George Russell‘s seat, who is moving to Mercedes to replace Valtteri Bottas, who is, in turn, Alfa Romeo-bound.

Safe to say, the former Red Bull driver is excited to join the Wantage-based team.

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Williams’ team principal, Jost Capito, played a key role in Albon’s move from Red Bull to Mercedes-powered Williams. “He seems like a great guy and he’s really motivated,” said Albon about Capito.

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

“The team is also on the rise again. If you consider where Williams was two years ago and where it is now, then as a team, it has definitely made the greatest progress in this time. And the mood is good, under the new rules to attack properly,” concluded Albon.

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Can Alex Albon have an impressive season with the Wantage-based team next year? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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