Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Albon replaces Gasly at Red Bull

Albon replaces Gasly at Red Bull

Red Bull will replace French driver driver Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon for the rest of the season.

"Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula One drivers under contract who can be rotated between the Team and Toro Rosso".

"Everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing looks forward to welcoming Alex to the Team and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career".

The Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is on September 1 and is the first race after Formula One's August break. Looking at the bigger picture, Gasly had a lot on his shoulders in 2019 because Max Verstappen is in a league of his own.

Gasly endured a string of acceptable, if not spectacular results in the first half of the season after being elevated from Toro Rosso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who left Red Bull to join Renault for the 2019 season. He sits in sixth place in the driver standings with 63 points on nine top 10 finishes, including two top five finishes, while teammate Max Verstappen sits in third with 181 points on 12 top five finishes, including five podium finishes and two victories.

Gasly had performed well previous year at Toro Rosso and moved up to Red Bull when Australian Daniel Ricciardo chose to move to Renault.

The London-born Thai driver has consistently impressed this season, although it is Kvyat, himself a former Red Bull driver, who has scored the majority of Toro Rosso's points to date. And secondly, all bets were on the more experienced Daniil Kvyat from Russian Federation instead of the 23-year-old newcomer with dual nationality. He has amassed 27 points to rookie Albon's 16.

His sudden Red Bull Racing move is billed as a chance to evaluate him for a possible full season as Verstappen's team-mate next year. Gasly has not just been overshadowed by Max Verstappen at Red Bull: he has experienced a total eclipse.

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