Alex Albon had a tough time at Red Bull during his initial days. However, the driver has worked hard and recovered for the better. His win at Mugello is a testament to his dedication. Unlike Gasly, Albon has successfully recovered from the problems he faced with his car.
Red Bull chief clears the air over Albon’s contract
The Mugello podium has instilled a new zeal in the Anglo-Thai racer, and rightly so. He seems inspired enough to carry on with Red Bull for 2021.
There has been a fleeting rumor of Gasly being called back in the team after his win at Monza. However, the nature of that news seems like nothing more than a rumor.
Not to take anything away from the challenge that the young Frenchman mounted at Monza, the team knows that Gasly’s win was a mere coincidence in a line of bizarre incidents. Horner further clarified that they are keen to continue with Albon.
“Our intention is to retain Alex, he’s doing a good job. He just needs to build on the kind of performance as he put it in Mugello and continue that development.”
As there were a lot of apprehensions regarding Albon’s contract, Horner saw it fit to clear the cloud over it.
“It’ll certainly be before Christmas! All drivers under contract to Red Bull for multiple years; There are trigger points at different times in their contract but it’ll certainly be later in the autumn,” replied Horner.
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Albon will have to perform to remain in the team
The team Chief also clarified that though they trust Albon, he will have to develop to keep his contract. Red Bull has informed him about the areas in the contract which could lead to a replacement, and if need be, they will not hesitate.
“Our intention is absolutely to retain our current drivers, and Alex is our preferred choice. Inevitably, you have to be aware of what the other options are out there. But our absolute preference and likelihood is to retain the existing driver line-up that we currently have.”
Red Bull has forever been a competitive team. Therefore, if they think Max Verstappen needs better competition within the team, they will provide him with that one way or the other. Therefore, Albon has his work cut out for him.
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