Purple Bull trying to find F1 seat for Albon
Purple Bull is looking for a race seat in 2021 for Alex Albon following Sergio Perez’s contract extension, in line with staff principal Christian Horner.
Albon was demoted to the function of reserve driver on the finish of 2020 following an inconsistent yr by which he completed seventh within the drivers’ championship. His work within the simulator and behind the scenes has been broadly praised by each the staff and Perez — the person who changed him — however Albon has been chasing race alternatives, at the moment competing in DTM but in addition linked with a future in IndyCar.
“Alex nonetheless stays an necessary a part of the staff,” Horner mentioned. “He has performed a key function this yr; he’ll proceed to play that function. We’re simply taking a look at, are there any choices in Components 1 for him for subsequent yr? However within the occasion that he’s not in a race seat, he shall be performing the identical function that he has executed for us this yr.
Whether or not that function could possibly be mixed with a seat in america is unclear at this stage, however Horner says he sees Albon enjoying an necessary half in Purple Bull’s future in F1 whether or not the staff finds him a seat or not.
The one two sensible openings on the F1 grid are at Alfa Romeo and Williams, and when it was put to Horner that there aren’t many choices however that Albon will nonetheless be capable to assist Purple Bull in 2022, he replied: “Sure, until after all he has a chance to go racing…
“You by no means know. He’s a succesful man, he’s a fast driver and he’s doing a very good job within the DTM — gained his first race final weekend — and he’s an necessary a part of our staff.”