Red Bull have announced that they’re retaining Alex Albon for 2020 alongside Max Verstappen, following a successful mid-season move from Toro Rosso in August.
The decision comes after months of speculation over whether Albon’s move would be made permanent after impressing against Verstappen, whereas Pierre Gasly failed to do so in the opening 12 rounds prior to their driver swap.
Albon therefore is delighted to be staying with the team, saying; “I’m hugely thankful that Red Bull have put their trust in me and believed in my results since I joined the Team and for them to keep me in the car next year is a big deal.”
Team Principal, Christian Horner meanwhile described Albon as a “tenacious, fiercely committed racer” and said that it’s “extremely hard to deny that level of consistency” because since joining the team, Albon has failed to finish outside the top six in every race.
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Albon’s confirmation at Red Bull means that just three seats remain to be filled as both Toro Rosso seats remain open alongside a space at Williams.
Toro Rosso are expected to retain their current pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Gasly with an announcement due in the next few weeks.
Williams meanwhile are strongly linked with Nicholas Latifi but Nico Hulkenberg is still a possibility, given his experience although it is thought that the German could be set to depart F1 at end of season due to other seats already being filled.