Sergio Perez Consoles an Emotional Albon Over Losing Red Bull Seat

Published 12/20/2020, 11:56 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the Mexican flag after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


As Red Bull announced the signing of Sergio Perez for next season, it meant that Alexander Albon lost his seat. Albon will continue to work with Red Bull, taking the role of a reserve driver.

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Alexander Albon did not have the best season. He had one chance to prove himself, and he failed to live up to the expectations of the team. After much suspense, Red Bull finally announced his replacement.

The decision was difficult for the young Thai driver. He took to social media and expressed his feelings, sharing that he gave it everything he had and was hurt by the decision. However, he pointed out that he will not give up just yet.

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Sergio Perez himself reached out to Albon on his post and consoled the young driver. He replied, “You’ll be back @alex_albon! You’re still very young and talented. Don’t give up. 👏🏻”

How did Sergio Perez and Alexander Albon fare in 2020?

Perez won the teammate battle as he finished 50 points ahead. Meanwhile, Albon finished 109 points behind his teammate Max Verstappen. Even in the drivers’ standing, Perez finished 20 points above Albon at P4.

Perez showed incredible consistency this season. “In a slower car, Perez finished the year 20 points clear of Albon, won a race against the odds in Bahrain and scored points at every grand prix he entered, apart from the two in which his Mercedes engine failed,” a report stated.

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Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates with his team after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, Alex Ablon lacked consistency all year and his performances had a ripple effect on Red bull’s constructor fight with Mercedes. The average gap between Albon and Verstappen was 0.493s, which is massive on the Formula 1 grid.

Alexander Albon is very young and was sprung to the forefront of Formula 1 too soon. He will learn a lot during his time as Red Bull’s reserve driver and can work towards making a comeback.

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Meanwhile, Red Bull will hope that they will have two fighting beasts on the grid next year. Verstappen and Perez both believe that they will keep each other on their toes and it will be interesting to see whether they can put a dent in Mercedes’ dominance next year.

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Ayush Manjunath

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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!

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