“I Just Gave My Honest Opinion”: Max Verstappen Weighs in on Decision to Axe Albon From Red Bull

Published 12/19/2020, 7:49 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Max Verstappen helped Red Bull end the 2020 season on a high. He drove his strongest race in the season finale and won quite comfortably. Meanwhile, Alexander Albon finished the final race at P4.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The season was Albon’s chance to prove himself worthy of a Red Bull seat. Unfortunately, the Thai driver failed to deliver to the expectations of the team and Red Bull made their decision to let Albon go.

After waiting for a really long time, Red Bull finally confirmed their second driver for the next season. Sergio Perez will replace Alex Albon next season as the latter takes the role of a test/reserve driver.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen shared his views on Albon.  He said, “Of course we spoke about it and I just gave my honest opinion.”

“I think it was quite clear that throughout the whole year it was sometimes quite tricky for Alex – he’s a great guy, honestly, and I’m happy that he’s part of the team,” Verstappen expressed.

“But at the end of the day obviously it’s Helmut [Marko] and Christian [Horner] and Dietrich [Mateschitz] making the decisions. Of course I knew a bit before but at the end of the day, that doesn’t matter,” he further added.

Max Verstappen hopes Perez will help push the team forward

All season, Verstappen was the sole driver on the grid trying to constantly split the Mercedes cars. Albon was driving the same machine but was unable to make the same impact, and Verstappen hopes Perez’s arrival will shake things up a little.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He explained, “I hope that Checo will be the one first of all, of course, to push the whole team forward. But also keep me on my toes, which is always nice, to have a team mate pushing you, it’s exciting.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Then hopefully we can, with a bit more of a competitive car from the start, make it just a bit more interesting and difficult for [Mercedes] to make decisions,” Verstappen concluded.

Verstappen missed the P2 position by just nine points but is confident that he will again split the Mercedes next season. The combination of Perez and Verstappen will surely put significant pressure on the Silver Arrows.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It will certainly be interesting to witness how Mercedes deals with the new and exciting Red Bull pair.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Ayush Manjunath

586 articles

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT