Sergio Perez replaces Alexander Albon at Red Bull

Things are still moving in Red Bull. Called in August 2019 to replace Pierre Gasly considered too efficient for the Austrian team’s ambitions, Thai Alexander Albon did not last long at Red Bull either. In fact, we learned that the driver will be replaced next season by Mexican Sergio Perez (Racing Point).

Albon (left) is replaced by Perez (right) at the wheel of Red Bull Racing. – JOHN THYS / AFP

A great promotion for those who were not kept by Racing Point, who preferred to bet next year on the quadruple German world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ten times on the podium since his debut, Perez (overtaken by Sauber in 2011-2012, McLaren in 2013 and Force India/Racing Point since 2014) finally won a victory in late 2020 at the Sakhir GP in Bahrain. He also just completed the best season of his career by finishing fourth in the last championship (with 125 points).

Red Bull stands out from the competition exceptionally

It will be interesting to see how the Mexican, known for his strong character, will cohabit with Verstappen, also a strong and especially darling head of his chiefs Christian Horner and Helmut Marko. On the side of Red Bull, it is a new repercussion in the difficult succession of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who left in 2019. And, exceptionally, it is for the first time to summon a driver who is not in his sector, since Pierre Gasly was confirmed for 2021 Alpha Tauri.

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Albon will remain at Red Bull anyway, but as a reserve driver. After this announcement, there is only one question mark that is not really that in relation to the starting grid for next season: the defending champion Lewis Hamilton, which will turn 36 in January, is renegotiating its contract with Mercedes.

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