Red Bull have officially run out of patience with Pierre Gasly, and have initiated a swap. However, in an unprecedented move, Thai driver Alex Albon will be promoted alongside Max Verstappen. In the meantime, Pierre Gasly will return to the Red Bull sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso to partner Daniil Kvyat.
According to a statement from the team, “Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula One drivers under contract who can be rotated between the Team and Toro Rosso. The Team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020.”
“Everyone at the Team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career.”
Naturally, fans were stunned at the revelation and flooded social media immediately to congratulate Alex Albon.
— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) August 12, 2019
@alex_albon congratulations!! Make it count now!
— Tommy BarnGit (@TommyBarnett69) August 12, 2019
From Spa – Pierre returning to TR
— The Zebra did It (@swooptyshoop) August 12, 2019
Honestly I think @redbullracing should’ve promoted @kvyatofficial back to replace @PierreGASLY instead of @alex_albon. I mean Alex’s great, but Kvyat scores a podium this year and Alex’s still new in the sport.
— Johnny Toh™ (@Johnny_Toh) August 12, 2019
Fair play to him, right now it's paying off and it honestly couldn't be happening to a nicer guy. Can't wait to see what he can do at Spa! https://t.co/Tcjm5JjDIh
— Chris Stevens 🏁 (@ChrisOnRacing) August 12, 2019
Awesome news for Alex, really well deserved
— Ant (@AjBsuperstarR) August 12, 2019
Maybe, maybe not. Either way, with Max driving so much better, it shows that there IS potential in the car, and with second place at stake, Red Bull needed to try something. If Alex doesn't deliver any better than Pierre, then they've not really lost anything.
— Jay Filmer (@UncleJaysus) August 12, 2019
— JellyK8 (@KLJ8f1) August 12, 2019
Fancy another go at this guys? 😉
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) August 12, 2019