Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2019

Albon has impressed the team and is getting stronger each weekend – Horner

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In the round-up: Christian Horner says Alexander Albon has impressed Red Bull since joining the team six races ago, in which time he’s unexpectedly out-scored team mate Max Verstappen.

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Horner was asked whether Albon might have finished on the podium if he’d been given a one-stop strategy instead of two:

I think [his drive] was pretty decent. I’m not sure he would have held third. He’d got Lewis behind him, Lewis looked a bit quicker. I think it probably would have been difficult to keep Leclerc behind as well.

But I think he’s getting closer and closer to the pace, he’s generally doing a pretty decent job and you know, he’s stepping up and stepping up. Considering he lost pretty much all of P2 I think his recovery has been very strong.

He’s impressed the whole team with his performance to date and each weekend he’s progressing, he’s getting stronger.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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30 comments on “Albon has impressed the team and is getting stronger each weekend – Horner”

  1. Albon certainly is doing a good job and has gotten on top of his RBR. He needs to reduce making mistakes during FP and Quali sessions.

    1. Also during the race he is very fast but also very slow more constant racepace is what he need to work on.

      1. Overall he is a consistent driver during race he doesnt make too much mistakes or fluctuate from mean. He just needs to learn to extract that extra bit of performance which his teammate does quite often.

  2. Not sure why F1 keeps pushing for a Miami Race. They don’t want F1 and F1 doesn’t need them. It also seems like any track that results out of this will be terrible after the number of compromises made and I can’t imagineit will be financially viable either

    1. Increased US exposure of the sport for Liberty (a US company).

    2. The US is a massive untapped market – huge potential there so I wouldn’t say that the US and F1 don’t need or want each other.

      F1’s corporate strategy team has been a mess for years now. Once they figure out how to enter the US, I think there will be a lot to gain from a US/F1 relationship for all parties involved.

  3. I agree with Horner that he overall has impressed and is getting better. He’s also been more consistent both pace and results-wise than his predecessor in the RB15, so switching them back for the beginning of next season or demoting him back to STR in favor of Kvyat would be unfair to him.

    The planned Miami-race saga, though. I wouldn’t be surprised if it never came to come true after all. There are already existing permanent circuits in the US, and at least one of them is a grade-1 venue, and that is Indianapolis, the previous home of the US GP.

    1. BTW, also on this day in F1: The 1999 Japanese GP in which Mika Hakkinen clinched his 2nd drivers’ title took place.

  4. Sorry for Albon, if Horner says that they are impressed by his performance, then it means his time in Red Bull is close to the end.

    1. Yeah, it’s only a matter of time before MaxBull kick him out. Shame, because Albon has a lot of potential (and has shown it) and doesn’t seem like a bad guy.

      1. MaxBull. hahahaha nice one

  5. Albon is doing a decent job imho. He could be a good Nr 2 driver for redbull. He lacks speed and doesn’t have extreme highs that suggest WDC material but he’s a clean decent driver that can get decent results with a good car

  6. Is the adjective “decent” positive in English? The translation in Italian doesn’t sound that good. Decent sounds just sufficient and I think Albon deserves something more than a 6, in a scale from 1 to 10. He’s racking up more points than Verstappen and we all know what Max usually does to his team mates. For reference, he’s average race result is 5.16, compared to Gasly’s 7.72.

    1. Gasly was <5/10 so comparing him to Albon does nothing for Albon imho

      He only outscores Max because Max had incidents that cost him races. But it is good for him and well deserved. Not getting involved in incidents is a quality as well. But he truly needs to up his pace.

      1. @anunaki it’s often said that it’s easier to make an error-prone fast driver crash less than it is to make an error-free, slower driver go fast.

      2. @anunaki he’s driving the same car as Max and, before him, Pierre and he’s obtaining better results compared to both. These are facts.

        He’s the second driver of the third car in pecking order. His target is 6th, the same we expected from Gasly. He’s now better than 6th in average. He’s using practice sessions to… practice, and taking the car to the finish line in races. He’s in his first season in F1, he may not be WC material in terms of raw talent, maybe he’s just a kid with the head well planted in his shoulders with a good view on today’s F1. More a Prost than a Senna.

        Now, Red Bull can choose to keep him because of these facts, or change him because they’re using some AWS algorithm that is internally tossing coins to guess who’s a better driver for them.

        1. Well put. I agree with you.

    2. @m-bagattini I guess it depends on the context. sometimes ‘decent’ means quite good, other times it just means ok, soddisfacente, perhaps.

      1. @frood19 thank you! It’s an interesting adjective: Merriam-Webster defines it as “fairly good : adequate, satisfactory: decent wages” while on you have “adequate; fair; passable: a decent wage.”
        They use the same example, referring to wage, but to me it sounds like that “satisfactory” gives full satisfaction in said wage while “passable” doesn’t. Ok, sorry for the OT :D

        1. @m-bagattini: As @frood19 said it depends on the context. Coming from a (presumably ;-) native English speaker like Horner “doing a pretty decent job” is a positive statement, if not effusive.

    3. @m-bagattini One could use a scale like that? :P
      1 – legendary
      2 – appalling
      3 – painful to watch
      4 – bad
      5 – barely ok
      6 – average
      7 – decent
      8 – good
      9 – exceptional
      10 – legendary

      1. @spoutnik where’s Maldonado legendary and where’s Senna legendary?

  7. I’m sad Albon’s at RedBull. If you’re name isn’t Max, then you’ll always take a back seat and any incident will always be your fault.

    Even at somewhere like Mercedes behind a firmly established and deserving no. 1, you can’t help but feel his talent would be appreciated and cultivated better than at RedBull.

    1. Simply untrue.

      1. True.

        Not sure if you’ve been following red bull or their drivers over the years but I’d beg to differ…

  8. Worst thing about the graphics is the obsession with sticking a driver headshot on the radio graphic. It reallllly annoys me.

  9. I was intrigued by the secret aerodynamicist column on the bbc website yesterday – the context heavily implies that it is not someone from one of the big 3 teams (though that could be a ruse). these types of columns tend to end up telling you very little, if you’re a keen fan anyway (if you’re into cycling you may have seen the secret pro column – it’s a great novelty idea, but in reality the same gossip you hear from reading the usual named journalists. cyclists are quite open anyway, so there’s not much insight to be had).

    however, one thing not covered in the article occurred to me as important. what will haas do in 2021? it’s not like they can “copy” the previous year’s ferrari. will this create significant extra costs for them and would that hinder their future in the sport? the mutterings this year have not been especially positive (and they have been really bad lately!).

  10. I’m hugely impressed by Albon. Going from barely being considered for an F1 drive and going to FE, to jumping into the Toro Rosso with little to no preparation, then being shoved into a race-winning Red Bull he has no experience driving halfway through the year, and driving a lot of tracks he’s never raced on before I’d say he’s exceeded all expectations.

    So far he’s more consistent than Gasly was and with every race looks like he’s getting closer to Verstappen’s pace – while Gasly looked like he was getting further away. He’s still got a lot of work to do though and it’s still super early days but so far I’d say he’s certainly worth hanging onto for Red Bull.

  11. So female drivers can now earn superlicense points in single-gender competition for mixed-gender F1. How sexist!

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