It has now been confirmed that Alexander Albon will move from his current driving team Toro Rosso to Red Bull from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards.
The decision means Albon replaces Pierre Gasly, who will return to Toro Rosso in a straight swap.
Gasly, who has struggled to match Max Verstappen since being introduced into Red Bull as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, will now drive for their sister constructor for the remainder of the season.
Although Red Bull have previously stated that Gasly’s seat was secure until the end of the season, this decision at the mid-way point will raise questions and eyebrows.
However, there have been numerous question marks over Gasly ever since the start of the season, with plenty of fans feeling he’s not ready to be at a team like Red Bull.
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As for Albon, he has already exceeded expectations in his debut season with Toro Rosso in 2019, and that is why the management team have made their decision ahead of the second half of the season.
“Red Bull are 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,” said a Red Bull statement.
“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.”
It’s been a very disappointing season so far for Gasly, and given his results, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him drop down to Toro Rosso.
His best finish so far this season has been fourth, meaning he’s failed to make a podium in every single Grand Prix so far.
In the Drivers’ Championship, he currently sits sixth with 63 points.