Red Bull has started to move the driver’s market. The Austrian team decided to leave Pierre Gasly and start working with Alexander Albon. This was a very polemic decision because Red Bull usually gives a whole season to every driver to show them their skills, but this time, it was a matter of just half a season. Another question that appeared was, why did they choose Albon instead of Daniil Kvyat? All we know that Kvyat has more experience and he has been in Red Bull Racing in the past, even though he was demoted in 2016 letting his seat for Dutchman Max Verstappen, he still has more races than Alex (Kvyat has 74 races more than Albon). Daniil Kvyat is ninth in the driver’s championship with 27 points while Albon is fifteenth with 16 points. Also, don’t forget about Kvyat’s podium in Hokenheim.
Helmut Marko explained why they chose Albon instead of Kvyat in an interview with a Japanese website called “Autosport Web”. “I think Albon is better than Kvyat. We know Kvyat’s speed and we can say that he’s became a very complete driver. But, depending on all the factors, we chose Albon to join us.” Said Marko.
Also, Marko thinks Albon is already in the level to join Red Bull Racing, that’s why he is being very optimistic. “Honestly, his (Albon’s) great performance in his first season was unexpected. Also, he progresses in every single race. The contract with Alex is for the last 9 races of this season. We still don’t know who’s going to be Max’s teammate next year.” Commented the Austrian.
These were the exact words of Helmut Marko to explain this happening. It was a very polemic one. Obviously, Pierre Gasly must have felt a little bit bad because no one wants to be demoted of a big team, especially because Gasly showed big skills last year in Toro Rosso, he even achieved a P4 in Bahrain with his Toro Rosso. It could have been a good decision for Pierre, because now, he can improve his self-confidence with less pressure than in Red Bull.