The future of Red Bull driver Alex Albon is facing uncertain times at the moment. Despite the intensity of the speculation, the team have given no indication of their 2021 lineup.
But it cannot be for very long, as there are just about four races to go this season. And time is running out for Albon, who is under immense pressure for not having gotten the desired results thus far.
F1 expert Ralf Schumacher feels that the new driver needs come in now in place of Albon. At least that way, the new driver would get acclimatized to the surroundings at Red Bull in the final few races.
Schumacher is quoted as saying, “I don’t know why he’s still driving. If you’re already thinking about next year, then you could also think about letting the substitute candidate start the last four races.” (translated from Google Translate)
One of the major reasons could be the lack of pressure in the Constructors’ championship. Mercedes have already sealed the title. And Red Bull do not have immediate pressure from any team for their second place.
In fact, this is merely a crucial respite period for Albon. All that the Thai driver needs to do, is put his best foot forward and claim top 5 finishes. That might go some way in helping him secure his place for 2021.
It feels like Red Bull have narrowed it down to a shortlist of just two names to fill that seat left behind by Albon. And those are Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and free agent Nico Hulkenberg.
A case for both drivers has seen that they can prove to be an able aide to Max Verstappen. But ultimately, Perez would be the better fit, all things considered.
There might be logic to Schumacher’s words here, in terms of letting the new man settle in a little. But as it stands, Albon is set to remain at the team until the end of the season to prove his worth.