It's been two seasons for Alexander Albon with Formula 1 as a full-time driver. At the beginning of 2019, the young Thai joined Toro Rosso, and his results were so good until he was promoted to Red Bull Racin after just a few months. Later in the 2019 campaign, Albon managed to score good results and nothing foreshadowed a sudden turn in his career.
Alexander Albon will not be competing in F1 in 2021 after his position had been under consideration for some time until Sergio Perez was hired in the Red Bull team, however, F1 made everyone surprised with a final big driver market move.
The season of 2020 turned out to be much worse for Albon. The 24-year-old could not cope with the Red Bull car, which turned out to be difficult to drive. The numerous mistakes of the Thai driver prompted the "red bulls" to give Sergio Perez a chance next year. Albon will only have the role of backup and tester.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit announced their decision on Friday. Two days after the driver was selected for the 2021 season, Albon spoke on the matter on his Instagram: " I can’t lie guys, it hurts. I gave it everything out there, but it wasn’t quite enough. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you that supported me throughout this year, especially my Thai fans."
"With all the different opinions out there, I always had you guys to push me through it."
"I’m not giving up, I’ve poured my life into this and I won’t let it stop here. I have more to give and my focus is getting back for 2022 and to wave the Thai flag again"
But Red Bull principal Christian Horner already made a hint that Albon remains an “important” part of the team.
“Alex is a valued member of the team and we thought long and hard about this decision,” Horner said.
“Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing.
Albon will only have the role of backup and tester.
“Alex remains an important part of our team as test and reserve driver with a key focus on 2022 development and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution.”
Alex finished the 2020 season P7 in the Drivers’ standings with 105 points, 109 behind team-mate Max Verstappen who finished the season in P3.
Despite missing two races in 2020, those being the British and 70th Anniversary GPs, Perez was still able to score 20 points more than Albon to claim P4 in the final Drivers’ standings.
Albon is not only expected to work for Red Bull as a backup and tester in the coming months. The "Red Bulls" made him the person responsible for working in the simulator in terms of building a car for the 2022 season. Then there will be a technical revolution in F1 and we will see completely new machines in the starting fields.
Albon himself hopes to get back to F1 in 2022. "I'm not giving up. I've devoted my whole life to F1 and I won't let it end like this. I have more to offer and I'm focusing now on our return in 2022 to wave you the Thai flag again," he concluded.