After scoring 68 points in the last 6 races and 14 more than his superstar teammate, Max Verstappen, you’d think that the question of if Alex Albon has a seat at Red Bull in 2020 is a foregone conclusion but that’s not always the sense I get from team boss Christian Horner:
“It’s his seat to lose really,” Horner told Sky Sports F1 in Texas. “He’s got his bum in it at the moment and he’s doing a good job.
“We’ve still got time until the end of the year. All the drivers are under contract for next year so we don’t need to rush – but everybody has been impressed with the work he’s doing so far.”
It’s a complimentary statement and perhaps if I were speaking directly to Christian, it would come off as being a much more animated endorsement. The sterility of the printed words can leave room in the margins for interpretation.
Still, I would argue that Alex is doing a fine Job and much better than Pierre Gasly was in the same car. He is bound to have a few bobbles here and there but it seems the pressure is more focused on him than it was Gasly who made several bobbles and simply wasn’t quick in the 2019 car. Gasly has performed better in the Scuderia Toro Rosso since re-joining that team.
As I look at the Toro Rosso team, they are both doing well but I can’t see that they are doing more than what Alex is producing at Red Bull. Sure, his qualifying could improve but you could say that about Max too and some of that is down to the car no doubt.
In the end, do you feel Alex has done enough to retain the seat for 2020?
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1