Former Red Bull F1 Driver Alex Albon Gets a New Ride for 2021

Former Red Bull F1 Driver Alex Albon Gets a New Ride for 2021

01/04/2021

Alex Albon will get to race in 2021, after all.

Just not in Formula 1.

The 24-ear-old Albon, who was replaced at Red Bull Racing’s F1 team by Sergio Perez for 2021, is getting a chance in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters sports car series. The DTM ride comes with Red Bull backing and will allow Albon to race when there are no conflicts with is schedule as an F1 reserve driver.

Albon, who was replaced at Red Bull by Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, has started 38 races in Formula 1 for Red Bull and the former Toro Rosso team. Albon finished on the podium twice in 2020 and was seventh in the final F1 Drivers’ Standings.

Perez, 30, finished fourth in the 2020 F1 standings while driving for Racing Point. Perez was replaced at Racing Point by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel in a move that kicked off silly season a bit early this past season.

The DTM series announced Albon’s latest move today on social media.

#DTMnews F1 driver @alex_albon and young @LiamLawson30 will be racing in the DTM with @redbull backing. Albon will be participating in selected races whenever his F1 duties as test and replacement driver allows. The driver Albon will be alternating with will be announced later. pic.twitter.com/n8my9KOMme

Despite losing his ride at Red Bull, team principal Christian Horner kept the young Albon in the Red Bull family.

“Alex is a valued member of the Team and we thought long and hard about this decision,” Horner said when announcing the Perez signing in December. “Having taken our time to evaluate all the relevant data and performances, we have decided that Sergio is the right driver to partner Max for 2021 and look forward to welcoming him to Red Bull Racing.

“Alex remains an important part of our team as test and reserve driver with a key focus on 2022 development, and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution.”

Albon’s teammate with the Red Bull entry in DTM will be 18-year-old Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson.

Will we ever see Alex Albon on a Formula 1 grid? Is Sergio Perez just keeping the seat warm at Red Bull until Albon returns in 2022? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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