Max Verstappen has weighed in on the recent driver swap between Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon which see Gasly goes back to Toro Rosso after a poor start to the season, whilst Albon gets an early promotion to Red Bull
Speaking exclusively to Dutch newspaper Telegraaf, Verstappen produced a rather short and sweet answer about the recent change at the Milton Keynes based team which was brought about despite Red Bull stating that they would not be replacing Gasly in midseason.
“Of course, it is a pity for Pierre, but I personally don’t care much who my teammate is, the point is that we perform better with the other car and thereby gain more points for the team.”
Former F1 driver and Sky Sports F1 co-commentator Martin Brundle also weighed in on the affair where the Brit also gave advice to Albon, warning him about the influence of Helmut Marko.
“Commiserations to Pierre, but he rides again and is still in the game, good luck to Alex, he’s arrived in F1 in great style, but will need every tool and trick in the F1 drivers’ repertoire to survive in Max’s lair, with the star-maker/grim reaper forensically observing his data.”
Gasly joins a long list of drivers who have faced the axe midway through the year with one of the more notable examples being Michael Andretti’s firing from McLaren in 1993 after a lacklustre season where he was outpaced by the late Ayrton Senna.
Albon and Gasly will go head to head at the Belgium Grand Prix in two weeks time where both will be seeking to impress Christian Horner in order to elevate on who is the best candidate to partner Verstappen at Red Bull for 2020.