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Sport24.co.za | Red Bull drop driver bombshell: Gasly out, Albon in



London – Thai
Formula One driver Alexander Albon was promoted on Monday to race
alongside Max Verstappen in the Red Bull team and has the rest of the
season to make the move permanent.   

The 23-year-old – born in England of a Thai mother – is promoted
from Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso whilst Frenchman Pierre Gasly
will go in the opposite direction.

Albon’s first drive for Red Bull will be the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1.

“Alexander Albon is being promoted to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing to
drive alongside Max Verstappen, while Pierre Gasly will return to the
Red Bull sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso,” read the team statement.

“The Team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance
in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside
Max in 2020.”

Albon – who was signed up to the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 – has
accrued 16 points in his maiden season in the championship with a
best-placed sixth in the German Grand Prix.

Gasly, also 23, is in his second full season in Formula One – he
competed in five Grand Prix in the 2017 campaign – and has garnered 63
points thus far this term with fourth in the British Grand Prix his best
performance.




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