Formula 1

Red Bull will ‘Make the Most Informed Decision’ about Verstappen’s 2021 Team-mate

1 Mins read
Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Christian Horner says Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s 2021 driver line-up remains uncertain, although the fact other teams have finalised their drivers for next season gives them more time to decide who will partner Max Verstappen.

Alexander Albon is currently at the team and showed good pace throughout the two Friday practice sessions at the Intercity Istanbul Park, but his place in the team going forward is uncertain due to a poor run of form that has seen him score only one point in the past four races.

Both Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez are available, with Red Bull having revealed they will look outside their own programme if Albon is dropped, but Horner, the Team Principal at Red Bull, says it remains up to the Thai driver to lock down his position across the final four races.

“Looking at today, he’s had a pretty decent day, probably his best Friday for quite a while,” Horner is quoted as saying by  “As I’ve said all along, we want to see Alex lay claim to that seat. I think the difference is that [with] the alternatives we have, all the seats are full in Formula 1.

“So that buys us a little bit of time to make the most informed decision that we can, and of course give Alex as much time as we can and as much support as we can, and see what happens over the remaining three or four races.”

Horner says they have not put a deadline on making a decision on their 2021 line-up, with Albon’s contract allowing for the decision to be made after the conclusion of the current campaign.

“We’re not putting any particular timescale on it,” insisted Horner.  “Alex’s contract allows us to make that decision after the season. Obviously we’re aware of what the other options are.

“As I say, all the other seats are committed now in Formula 1, apart from Mercedes, and I doubt that Lewis will be joining us next season. But you never know.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

PREVIEW: 2024 FIA Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

2 Mins read
TheCheckeredFlag looks ahead to the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix and what could be in store this weekend.
Formula 1

Ricciardo in the Spotlight: Montreal Performance and the Road Ahead

6 Mins read
Will a good weekend in Montreal be the start of a revival for Daniel Ricciardo in 2024? TCF takes a look at his performance and the road ahead.
Formula 1

2024 Canadian Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after the Race

11 Mins read
Following 70 laps of incredible racing in Montreal, the drivers review their performances in a thrilling wet-to-dry race.