Red Bull are looking to place Alexander Albon at a Formula 1 team next year after confirming their driver line-up for 2022.Sergio Perez for a further season.
However Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is pleased with the development role Albon has performed this year and said the team is trying to find a race seat for him in 2022.
“Alex still remains an important part of the team,” said Horner. “He’s played a key role this year, he will continue to play that role.
“We’re just looking at is there any options in Formula 1 for him for next year. But in the event that he’s not in a race seat, he will be performing the same role that he has done for us this year.”
Albon is “doing a huge amount of work on 2022,” Horner explained. “He’s done all the heavy lifting early on and he’s playing a crucial role in that.” Albon will remain in that role “unless, of course, he has an opportunity to go racing,” Horner confirmed.
Albon previously drove for Toro Rosso, now known as AlphaTauri. His hope of returning to that team rests on whether they decide to continue with Pierre Gasly, who has already finished on the podium this year, and rookie Yuki Tsuonda.
Asked how strong Albon’s chances of landing a race seat next year are, Horner said: “You never know.
“He’s a capable guy, he’s a quick driver. He is doing a good job in the DTM, won his first race last weekend and he’s an important part of our team.”
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