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How Albon kept his Red Bull F1 drive

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How Albon kept his Red Bull F1 drive
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Nov 12, 2019, 3:52 PM

Red Bull made a bold call when it promoted Alexander Albon to its senior Formula 1 team when he had just half a season of grand prix racing experience. We explain exactly how he's done enough to keep one of the best drives on the grid

Unusually for a press release, Red Bull's announcement on Tuesday morning that Alex Albon will continue as Max Verstappen's teammate in 2020 hit the nail on the head. Team principal Christian Horner's quote included the phrase "tenacious, fiercely committed racer" to describe the 23-year-old.

Both of these qualities have been on display over the past year or so.

Remember, Albon is a driver who, 14 months ago, appeared to be on the Formula 1 scrapheap before he even had the chance to test a car and had signed up to drive for the Nissan e.dams squad in Formula E. What has happened to him since is a reminder of the role luck can play - and the need for any driver to be ready to capitalise on it.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alex Albon
Teams Red Bull Racing Shop Now
Author Edd Straw