After a brilliant F1 debut with Toro Rosso back in 2019, which earned him a promotion to RedBull in the middle of the season at the end of last year, Alex Albon lost his seat.
The 24-year-old’s performances didn’t live up to the expectations, as he finished only second in the drivers' standings, quite behind teammate Max Verstappen’s third place.
“Of course it’s disappointing, it’s always going to be disappointing. This is our dream. Very quickly it was one of those things where there’s no point feeling sorry for yourself.”
“You’ve got to get back into it and do as much as you can to get back so my goal of course is to be back in a seat next year, and just be ready for this year as well,” he explained to The Race.
Now that his seat at RedBull has been filled by Sergio Perez, Albon would have no hesitation in accepting an AlphaTauri seat in order to be back in F1 for 2022,
“Firstly, the goal has to be [to return] with Red Bull, there’s not just two, there’s four seats there,”
“Yes. As I said my main goal is to be in a Formula 1 car so, I would, yeah.”
Apparently he isn’t aware of any specific target that he must meet to win back another chance in F1, so in the meantime, he is set to race in the DTM and concentrate on his RedBull reserve driver role “and helping them with this year’s car, helping them with next year’s car”.
As of right now, his “goal is really to wait and assess how it’s going.”
“Obviously if everyone’s performing then you’d be able to know what the situation is.”
So 2021 will be all about working hard to improve.
“My duty is to focus on what’s going on right now, focus on getting the best for the team, doing what I can, improve myself within the factory. Once we can do that then we’ll see what happens.”
And be fit and ready to jump in the car if an opportunity comes up, if not for an actual race, at least for tests and such.
“You never know what’s going to happen in terms of fitness or with COVID around. This winter has been kind of making sure that I’m as ready as I can be, being as fit as I can, doing all the simulator stuff. Hopefully I’ll get a few days where I can drive, do some tyre tests and things like that.”