Three of Red Bull’s four Formula 1 seats for 2021 are already nearly full, Helmut Marko has revealed. Daniil Kvyat is believed to have to leave AlphaTauri and be replaced by Honda-backed rookie Yuki Tsunoda, with Pierre Gasly as his teammate.
Max Verstappen is already under contract with Red Bull Racing, so that only leaves the heavily criticized fate of Alex Albon unclear. Marko said to Sport1: “We want to provide clarity at the latest around the Grand Prix of Turkey, which is in about a month.”
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are linked to Albon’s chair, but Red Bull prefers to promote from its own training program. Hulkenberg says his chances in the chair are “slim.”
And despite widespread criticism of the British-born Thai driver in the paddock, Marko says he is satisfied with Albon’s performance. “The gap with Max at the Nurburgring was acceptable. If he continues to deliver such races, his cockpit will be safe for 2021.”
Fast teammate Verstappen
However, Marko said it is imperative that Verstappen’s teammate has a good pace. Marko says: “You can’t fight for the title with just one driver, that’s clear. Competitiveness is what matters.”