WATCH: Alex Albon Takes a Dig at His Own Role as Reserve Driver for Verstappen & Perez

Published 10/30/2021, 9:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Alex Albon has been a crucial part of Red Bull’s development and success this 2021 season. Being an important cog in the behind-the-scenes workings of the team, Albon has done a lot for the team before making his way to an F1 seat in Williams. However, before he bids the team adieu, Albon may have some suppressed emotions.

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At the COTA, Alex Albon dressed up in Texan gear; ready to take laps around the circuit with the Red Bull drivers while simultaneously quizzing them. Now, as Red Bull released a video covering their time Stateside, Albon’s BTS was exposed.

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As he got ready for his quiz video, Albon hilariously said, “guys this is just a lesson, don’t become a reserve driver.” It’s safe to assume that the Thai driver can’t wait to get out of sim-duty and into the real thing!

Albon has gone above and beyond for the team this season; logging in hours at the simulator in Milton Keynes for the best result. Now, he gets his well-deserved chance in the F1 monocoque.

Alex Albon takes on supplementary roles at RBR

Albon has been a member of the Red Bull family since 2017. As RBR welcomed rookie Yuki Tsunoda to AlphaTauri this season, it was recently revealed that Albon had a hand in helping the Japanese driver get accustomed to the team.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda during qualifying REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Although not a driving coach for Tsunoda, Albon became a crucial part of his season. He has been listening to Tsunoda’s radio conversations on-track sessions and briefings; using the information collected to advise the driver later on. Thus, Albon has been integral to helping Tsunoda amalgamate with the team.

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Now, Albon has his eyes on the 2022 season. As Albon gets ready for the transition from Red Bull to Williams, he has a lot on his hands. “There is still a championship to win over here, so we’re pushing flat out and I’m in the simulator a lot. But at the same point on my side, getting fit, getting ready, getting my eye in for next year, getting to know the faces over at Williams, but at the same time bringing us home a championship win hopefully.’

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At present, having fulfilled his duties at Red Bull Racing, the two-time podium finisher would look to add to his tally with Williams Racing next season. F1 isn’t ready for Albon’s charge.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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