Alex Albon has opened up about his experiences with Red Bull in the 2019 and 2020 F1 seasons.
Albon started the 2019 season as a rookie on Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) before being called up to replace an underperforming Pierre Gasly after the summer break. The Thai-British driver repaid the faith put in him by Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko with some impressive performances initially.
Albon was inside the top six in eight of the nine races he entered with Red Bull that year. The only time he missed out on the points was at Interlagos when he was pushed off the track by Lewis Hamilton whilst fighting for a podium late on. Incidentally, his loss was Gasly’s gain as the Frenchman claimed his maiden podium that day.
During an interview with Tobias Grüner from German publication Auto Motor und Sport, Alex Albon revealed that the lack of F1 experience was his biggest hurdle during his 18-month stint at Red Bull. He said:
After a difficult 2020 campaign, Albon was on the outside looking in as Red Bull chose to sign Sergio Perez instead to partner Max Verstappen. When asked to elaborate on what he felt went wrong for him, he added:
Alex Albon’s time as Max Verstappen’s wingman could be crucial for Williams after the Thai driver revealed he hopes to use all his previous experience and knowledge in 2022.
Now at Williams after a fruitful year away from F1, Alex Albon shared his thoughts ahead of the new season in an interview with RacingNews365. The former Red Bull man said:
According to Max Verstappen, Albon’s inputs during development in 2020 were vital to Red Bull’s cause in the 2021 world championship battle with Mercedes.
The 25-year-old was pleased to see the Dutchman win the world championship despite not having an F1 drive for the season. Albon went on to add, saying:
Alex Albon currently has three points this season and is the only Williams driver to open his account so far. He is in P19 in the World Drivers’ Championship standings as we approach the 2022 F1 Belgian GP.
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