Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Alexander Albon will remain with the senior team alongside Max Verstappen for 2020 F1 season.
Having only made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso at the start of the 2019 season, Albon impressed all with his race craft despite the shortcomings at the start of the weekends and or qualifying. The Thai racer eventually got the nod to race with senior Red Bull team.
He replaced the struggling Pierre Gasly after the F1 summer break and since then has continued with his upward performance. With his results in US GP, Albon moved to sixth in the drivers’ standings, with two races remaining in the season.
At the same time, Gasly got his rhythm back at Toro Rosso alongside Daniil Kvyat. However, his struggles with Red Bull earlier in the season went against the Frenchman as the senior management were won over by Albon’s performances.
As a result, Albon has been confirmed to stay with Red Bull alongside Verstappen for a full-season in 2020. “I am really excited to be partnering Max again for next year and I know how fortunate I am to be given this opportunity,” he said.
“I’m hugely thankful that Red Bull have put their trust in me and believed in my results since I joined the Team and for them to keep me in the car next year is a big deal. This year has been an incredible year for me.
“Getting the call up to Red Bull mid-season was already a big step, so now I will use the learnings from this season and use the experience to improve and fight at the front in 2020.” Although there is no clarity, but it looks like a one-year deal.
At the same time, team principal Christian Horner added: “Alex has performed extremely well since his debut with the Team in Belgium and his results – seven finishes in the top-six – speak for themselves.
“It’s extremely hard to deny that level of consistency and in tandem with a growing reputation as a tenacious, fiercely committed racer, Alex has proved that he fully deserves to continue his progress with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. There is plenty of potential still to unlock and we look forward to seeing Alex alongside Max in 2020.”
Here’s what Christian Horner said after US GP on Alexander Albon