Alex Albon had a year filled with mixed emotions and performances. After securing his maiden F1 podium at Mugello, he tried to improve. However, adjusting to the Red Bull car was just not his cup of tea. With questions rising about his seat next season, he had to buckle up.
Red Bull has an impressive back up in the face of Checo and Hulkenberg to replace Albon. However, they did not want to be dismissive of the Thai racer as the team knew he had potential. They gave him as many chances as they could and it was upon him to make the most of it.
The Middle Eastern triple-header came as a boon to Albon. At the time when the Albon-Checo switch was in its highest possibility, Albon delivered a splendid couple of weekends. His podium at Bahrain and P4 at Abu Dhabi made a solid case for his future at Red Bull.
Abu Dhabi was a blessing for the entire Red Bull team altogether. However, Albon’s threatening drive behind Lewis Hamilton earned praise from the entire paddock. His efforts are being praised by pundits everywhere as Martin Brundle applauded his run last Sunday.
“Alex Albon had arguably his strongest day all season from a team perspective, passing Lando Norris with a nice move and then staying well within the pit stop window of both Mercedes. For those in the team keen to retain Albon next season, it provided timely ammunition,” remarked Brundle.
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Alex Albon troubled Mercedes in Abu Dhabi
Alex Albon was impressed with his Abu Dhabi stint. He highlighted that he has no clue whether it will be enough to keep him at Red Bull, but he did all he could.
Red Bull has always been cautious about its filtration process for drivers. Well, they will definitely consider everything before making a decision.
Drawing back the attention to Alex’s performance at Abu Dhabi, it was marvelous. Usually, it is Max that chases Lewis around the track, pressing him hard at the turns. Well, as the Dutchman was leading the race, his teammate too gave the Mercedes champ a tough time.
“Albon was the fastest car on track in the final quarter of the race and closed to within a second and a half of Hamilton, and four seconds of Bottas who finished second,” stated Brundle.
Well, the question that might bother Red Bull now is will Albon be able to carry this momentum to the next season. Alex has not really promised consistency with his performance, but his form has improved.
Checo sits back as a solid replacement to Albon but is Red Bull willing to take the gamble? We must patiently wait for these answers.