Tuesday, 20 August, 2019


Red Bull Demotes Pierre Gasly To Toro Rosso, In Comes Alex Albon

Red Bull promotes Alex Albon - demotes Pierre Gasly! OFFICIAL: Thai driver Alex Albon joins Red Bull as Max Verstappen’s teammate with immediate effect
Noah Ferguson | 13 August, 2019, 10:58

Red Bull, which had claimed Gasly's seat was secure until the end of the season, will now promote Albon alongside Verstappen, with the Anglo-Thai racer having surpassed expectations in his own debut campaign with Toro Rosso in 2019.

Recently, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost played down Albon's chances of stepping up to Red Bull, arguing that the 23-year-old needed more experience. The 23-year old has piloted that team's Honda-powered cars with aplomb, finishing sixth in the wet at the German Grand Prix in late July, and he has amassed 16 points in a lesser auto compared to the Aston Martin cars.

Albon - who was signed up to the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 - has accrued 16 points in his maiden season in the championship with a best-placed sixth in the German Grand Prix.

"We need him to be racing Ferraris and Mercedes".

Gasly's struggles were particularly acute in Budapest.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (RBR) announced Monday that Formula One rookie Alex Albon will replace team driver Pierre Gasly beginning with the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix on September 1. He also hasn't amassed any podium finishes, despite racing in a auto that has already taken Verstappen to two race wins and another top 3 finishes.

Albon's strong performances ahead of the summer break coincided with two disappointing results for Gasly, who collided with Albon in Germany before retiring from the race and finished a distant sixth in Hungary on a day when teammate Verstappen won the race. Toro Rosso's line-up will now be comprised of two Red Bull racing's rejects.

Former Ipswich schoolboy Alex Albon has been given a mid-season promotion to one of Formula One's top teams.

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"Everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing looks forward to welcoming Alex to the Team and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career".

"Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula 1 drivers under contract who can be rotated between the [main] team and Toro Rosso", said a team statement.

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