Formula 1 team Red Bull have decided to drop their driver Pierre Gasly and called sister team Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon to replace him and to partner the future Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen.
Pierre Gasly earlier this year was picked up by the Red Bull team from Toro Rosso after Daniel Ricciardo decided to leave the Red Bull team and joined forced with Renault. The driver from France currently stands in 6th place with points just behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.
Alex Albon has showed impressive driver this year, which is his debut year in F1, the Toro Rosso driver from Thailand has managed to score 16 points heading into the summer break. Rookie Albon will join the team after the summer break at Spa.
Red Bull said in a statement: “The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max Verstappen in 2020.”
“Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will race with a new driver line-up from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards. Alexander Albon is being promoted to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing to drive alongside Max Verstappen, while Pierre Gasly will return to the Red Bull sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso for the remainder of the season.”
F1 Driver and Experts also expressed their reaction after this huge new came out from the Red Bull garage.
Martin Brundle: “Commiserations to Pierre, but he rides again and is still in the game. Good luck to Alex, he’s arrived in F1 in great style, but will need every tool and trick in the F1 drivers’ repertoire to survive in Max’s lair. With the star maker/grim reaper forensically observing his data.”
Karun Chandhok: “I do feel for Gasly but F1 is a tough business & Helmut is a tough boss (he called me an old man when I was a 23 year old RB junior!)… Great opportunity for Alex Albon – driven very well so far with standout performances in China & Germany. Big challenge going up against Max!”