Red Bull to replace Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon

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Red Bull will replace French driver Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon for the rest of the season.

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Thai Albon, 23, has been promoted from the team’s sister outfit Toro Rosso, with Gasly going the other way.

Gasly, 23, is sixth in the championship with 63 points. Team-mate Max Verstappen is third with 181.

Red Bull say they will “use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance” and make a “decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020”.

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In Gasly’s last outing in Hungary – the final race before a mid-season break – he finished sixth and was lapped by Verstappen, who finished second behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said after the race: “Pierre really needs to take some time out during the break, reflect, and take the lessons into the second part of the year.

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“We desperately need him realising more of the potential of the car.”

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The next race takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 1 September.

 

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