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(Reuters) - Red Bull are planning to keep an unchanged driver lineup of Alexander Albon and Max Verstappen next year, the Formula One team's boss Christian Horner said on Friday.
Both are under multi-year contracts but there has been speculation about whether Red Bull will keep Albon alongside the Dutchman or move the Thai back to sister team AlphaTauri in a switch with Frenchman Pierre Gasly.
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Experienced drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are also looking for seats.
"Our intention is to retain Alex, he’s doing a good job, he just needs to build on the kind of performances he put in in Mugello and obviously continue that development," Horner told reporters at the Russian Grand Prix.
"Our intention is absolutely to retain our current drivers. 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."
Albon took his first Formula One podium with third place at the previous round at Mugello in Italy.
Horner said he was 100% sure Verstappen would be at Red Bull next year.
Red Wings re-sign Sam Gagner to one-year, $850K deal
Sam Gagner will be sticking around in Detroit for a little longer. The Red Wings announced that they’ve re-signed the veteran to a one-year deal.The 31-year-old was acquired back in February from Edmonton as part of the Andreas Athanasiou trade that also saw Detroit pick up a pair of second-round picks; Gagner’s inclusion was predominantly for salary-matching purposes. He was given a good chunk of ice time after being acquired, as he averaged more than 15 minutes per game over six contests before the pandemic ended the season prematurely.
So too would top designer Adrian Newey, he added, despite speculation linking the Briton to Racing Point who will be renamed Aston Martin next year.
"He's been with us for 14 years, he’s very happy within the team, he enjoys working within the environment," said Horner.
"He's obviously taken more of a step back in more recent years but he’s still motivated and yes, he will absolutely be with the team next year, without any doubt."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge)
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