Red Bull have struggled with their RB6 car int eh first three races of the truncated 2020 Formula 1 season but even so, driver Max Verstappen has made the most out of a recalcitrant car but the same may not be said of his teammate, Alex Albon.
Albon was brought into Red Bull from the junior team mid-season in 2019 and did very well in replacing Pierre Gasly. So well that he was offered the ride for 2020.
This season has proven to be more difficult for him but he is still doing a good job and trying very hard to overcome the car’s anomalies.
“Obviously as a team it hasn’t been an ideal start to the season but aside from the DNF, we’ve been able to score some good points,” said Albon.
“I think with that being said, the car can only improve so I’m feeling positive.
“We know the areas we need to work on and with Silverstone being a home race close to the factory, that’s good news.”
I’ve argued that Albon did a terrific job in 2019 and what we are seeing this year is nothing negative about Alex’s performance so much as it is a difference between a young driver versus a veteran such as Verstappen.
With Fernando Alonso’s 39th birthday today, there is much being made about his return to the sport in 2021 and his age. Some fans have taken to social media with very ageist comments but Verstappen is showing why veterans are still very important to the sport versus teenagers that seem to be all the rage these days.
Lewis Hamilton is well into his 30’s and a six-time champ, Fernando is 39 and is fast, competitive and a potential race winner in any vehicle he gets in to. Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are all in the 30’s and I would take any one of them over a 19-year-old coming up from F2. That is if I wasn’t seeking a up and coming star to build around and that’s what Red Bull have in Albon. It’s what Ferrari have in Charles Leclerc and Renault have in Esteban Ocon.
Rennie the remedy?
Red Bull have made internal changes by moving Albon’s race engineer, Mike Lugg, back to the factory and they have dusted off their ace man, Simon Rennie who was Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo’s race engineer when they were at Red Bull.
Simon took an office job inside Red Bull but now he will be track-side to assist Albon and that’s good news. I think Alex has done a very good job but he does need some assistance and Simon is a seasoned veteran, not a rookie…seeing a theme there, and if Alex has the chops, Simon will get them out of him.