Alexander Albon will compete in DTM in 2021 for Red Bull in select races, as another junior Liam Lawson gets the second seat.
In a surprising news, it was announced that former F1 driver, Albon, will be racing in DTM in 2021 in select events for Red Bull, who are likely to field a team in the revamped GT championship. It is his first racing assignment since being replaced by Sergio Perez.
The release notes that Albon will primarily work for Red Bull in F1 and the will race in DTM when there is a gap. The driver with whom he will share the car will be announced at a later stage along with the GT car he and his teammate will be driving.
The second car in the team will be taken up by another Red Bull junior Lawson, who is tipped to graduate to F2 in 2021 after two years in F3. The Kiwi tested for Hitech GP in the post-season test alongside stablemate Juri Vips, another in the F1 line.
Looking at the calendars of F2 and DTM, it doesn’t seem like there is any clash – unless COVID-19 forces changes – and so, it is likely that Lawson gets a full year. “The DTM with a high-class field and GT3 sports cars is an interesting platform and a real challenge, both for successful race drivers like Alex Albon as for our Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson,” says Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsport consultant.
At the same time, Gerhard Berger, added: “Formula 1 drivers like Alex Albon, DTM stars like three-time champion René Rast, GT professionals and young talents like Liam Lawson – that is a high-class driver mix the way I would like it for the 2021 DTM season.
“It is also a perfect fit that ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has already submitted an entry for the DTM with his team. Alex Albon is a young, ambitious driver and an outstanding gain for the DTM. My big goal is 20 cars with at least five brands, strong drivers and a battle for the title that goes down to the wire, the final race.”
Here’s Alexander Albon on learning from Max Verstappen
Here’s Alexander Albon on his improvements
Here’s a run-down on if Max Verstappen is the reason for Red Bull’s junior troubles?