Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull Racing

Red Bull promotes Alex Albon - demotes Pierre Gasly!

Red Bull announced today that Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly as Max Verstappen's team mate at the Red Bull-Honda team as of the Belgium Grand Prix at the end of the month.

"Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula One drivers under contract who can be rotated between the Team and Toro Rosso".

"Everyone at the team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career".

The Red Bull man led for the majority of the race, only for a masterstroke in strategy from Mercedes to change Hamilton's tyres with 20 laps remaining allowed the Brit to make up the 19-second gap to eventually overtake for the victory. In fact, our very own Andy Franklin recently suggested that Daniil Kvyat (who knows the feeling of being dropped by Red Bull) was poised to take Gasly's place at the top table.

Red Bull have yet to confirm who will fill the seat full time in 2020, declaring in a statement that Albon would only be taking over from Gasly for the remainder of the 2019 season.


Gasly joined Red Bull from Toro Rosso at the start of the year but has struggled for performance, scoring just 63 points to teammate Max Verstappen's 181.

The London-born Thai driver has consistently impressed this season, although it is Kvyat, himself a former Red Bull driver, who has scored the majority of Toro Rosso's points to date. The Frenchman has yet to appear on the podium in a auto that has taken Verstappen to two race wins and three further top-three finishes, and has been out-qualified by his team mate in every race so far. Expectations will be kept in check with Albon, however, as the 2019 season is his first in F1 and he was only drafted into Toro Rosso at relatively late notice over the winter.

In a statement on Monday, Red Bull confirmed the two drivers would swap teams.

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