In a shock decision, Red Bull has decided to demote Pierre Gasly and replace him with Alexander Albon from the Belgium GP on wards in a move identical to that of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen.
Such a move had been speculated for some time as Gasly has struggled to keep pace with Verstappen who has now achieved 2 race wins and 3 further podiums. Gasly, on the other hand, has failed to live up to the promise he showed in lower formulas as well as Toro Rosso last season and has been lapped by his teammate on many occasions this season.
Albon though has had a decent first season, after finishing runner up in F2 last year, by being a consistent points scorer and scoring a season-best of 6th in Germany.
What makes this move all the more surprising is that Christan Horner (Red Bull team principal) outright said there were no plans to drop Gasly only a few weeks ago.
A statement from Red Bull said:
“Red Bull is in the unique position of having four talented Formula 1 drivers under contract who can be rotated between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso. 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.
“Everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing looks forward to welcoming Alex to the Team and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career.”
If you want to read my thoughts on this you can check out my recent post ‘What happened to Gasly’