“In the Bowels of the Factory…” – Red Bull Racing Boss Lauds Alex Albon for Contribution to F1 Teams

Published 12/26/2021, 7:55 PM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Winning a championship or even a race in Formula 1 requires the joint efforts of hundreds of people. And yes, it’s true that usually, the key faces take away all the spotlight, but they’re also dependent and supported by team members who play a critical role in the overall success of the team. In Red Bull’s case, one such member in 2021 was Alex Albon.

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Team principal Christian Horner recently revealed in a podcast the key role Albon played in their successful campaign,

Horner referred to Albon as the ‘unsung hero’ of the season. He said, “The hours he’s put in behind the simulator, in the dark simulator room, in the bowels of the factory late on in the Friday evening, supporting the race driver, assisting the race drivers.”

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“He’s done an unbelievable job.”

Horner also mentioned the other role the Thai driver played for the team from Milton Keynes.

“He’s also acted as a driver coach in the second half with Yuki Tsunoda who has made real progress.”

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

Horner and Red Bull will root for Alex Albon next season

Earlier this season it was announced that Albon will be driving for Williams Racing in 2022. This would be Albon’s first season as a full-time driver since he was replaced by Red Bull.

Christian Horner expressed the bittersweet feelings on Albon’s final departure, after his one season with them on the sidelines. “We all were very sad to see Alex go, but we’re delighted he’s got a seat in Formula 1 next year with the Williams team,” Horner said.

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“We’ll be certainly wishing him all the best and rooting for him next season.”

The next season could very well be the most important one in Alex Albon’s career so far. With Red Bull, his contributions were certainly a lot, both in front and behind the scenes.

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But at Williams, he would embrace the opportunity to take the spotlight once again. What are your predictions for Albon in 2022?

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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