‘Too Easily Unsettled’ – Red Bull Explain Reason Behind Alexander Albon’s F1 Axing

Published 12/28/2020, 7:15 AM EST
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


This coming season, Alexander Albon will take up a new role of a reserve driver at Red Bull. The Austrian team announced the Thai driver’s replacement after the season ended. Making their third attempt at solving their second driver problem, Red Bull will take a chance with Sergio Perez in 2021.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Pierre Gasly preceded Alexander Albon; he was promoted to Red Bull after Daniel Ricciardo moved to Renault. He was later replaced by Albon mid-season after the former failed to live up to the team’s expectations.

Alexander Albon had one season to get an extension on his contract. However, he failed to live up to such high expectations. As a result, Red Bull decided to sign a driver out of their young driver’s academy.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon before the race Pool via Reuters/Rudy Carezzevoli

Helmut Marko explained Red Bull’s reasoning behind moving on from Alexander Albon.

“A lack of consistency. And that he was too easily unsettled, for example when the wind increased in intensity or came from a different direction. Or when the tires started to degrade, then he lost a disproportionately large amount of time.”

DIVE DEEPER

Red Bull Prepared to ‘Loan’ Alex Albon to Other F1 Teams in 2021

9 months ago

Marko on Alexander Albon’s unsatisfactory result

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Thai driver showed a lot of potential in 2019. However, he failed to live come close to his teammate. Max Verstappen was consistently overshadowing Albon with his performance.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy -Red Bull’s Alexander Albon in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Rudy Carezzevoli TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Marko said, “It’s definitely a mental story too. But if you have a team-mate who always drives at the absolute top level, no matter what the car is, I think that plays a subordinate role.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Of course, we get to the mental. All the reports and the unsatisfactory results unsettled him. His gap to Verstappen has increased over the course of the season, not decreased. Admittedly marginal, but he has grown,” he concluded.

Sergio Perez comes to Red Bull after an impressive 2020 season. While the team will hope that the Mexican turns out to be the answer to their second driver problem, Albon will stay on as a reserve driver and try to make the most of the next opportunity he gets.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

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