Sport Horner: Red Bull will look at outside options if Albon fails to earn seat

14:41  24 october  2020
14:41  24 october  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Red Bull will look at drivers outside its own pool for its 2020 Formula 1 line-up if it Red Bull has promoted Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kvyat, Verstappen, Gasly and Albon to the senior team since it Horner believes that philosophy works, pointing to Charles Leclerc’s strong debut season at Ferrari.

According to Christian Horner , the seat is now Alexander Albon ’s to lose…but has he done enough to hold onto that drive for next season? Or could we still see a surprise announcement?

Christian Horner says Red Bull will look outside of its pool of drivers to replace Alex Albon if he fails to earn a new deal.

Alexander Albon standing in front of a window: Red Bull driver Alex Albon © Getty Images Red Bull driver Alex Albon

Albon has endured a disappointing 2020 Formula One season, and sits seventh in the driver standings heading into the Portuguese Grand Prix.

The Thai-British driver has just one podium finish to his name and is under pressure to prove he deserves to retain his seat.

Red Bull boss Horner is eager for Albon to show what he is capable as the team ponder whether to retain him or find a new team-mate for Max Verstappen.

"We want Alex to claim that seat and basically justify that there is no need to look at any other alternative than Alex," said Horner.

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Albon described earning the Red Bull drive as another milestone in a "crazy" career-changing period. "To get the call-up originally after Hungary, it was quite a daunting prospect really," said Albon . "But I felt like I could do something and to be honest the races that I've had I have been pretty happy with.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner gave a tough assessment of Pierre Gasly’s form on Sunday in Hungary but said it Red Bull will fancy their chances of at least second this year, so swapping Gasly out and giving Alexander Albon a But if he impresses from the off, he and Red Bull will look like geniuses.

"I think everybody in the team wants to see him do that. It felt like in Mugello he was starting to turn the corner and so on.

"He's had a couple of difficult weekends, so he needs to bounce back here I think and particularly Imola with a strong weekend from start to finish. So that's our focus, that's our objective.

"He's a popular member of the team but we need two cars closer together in order to fight the Mercedes, and that's what we've got to do. That's our target."

Horner says Red Bull will not be short of options to replace Albon if they look to make a change.

Quizzed if AlphaTauri duo Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat would be considered, he said: "No. I think AlphaTauri are pretty settled with their drivers.

"As I say, our preference is very much Alex. But if we had a look at a different solution, then obviously we would have to look outside of the Red Bull pool of drivers, simply because there is not one available that we would look to put in.

"There's some quality drivers, obviously, on the market, that could be unemployed for next year."

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