Red Bull Demotes Pierre Gasly To Toro Rosso, In Comes Alex Albon


Although Red Bull team principal Christian Horner stated after the Hungarian Grand Prix that "our intention is to leave (Gasly) in the vehicle until the end of the year", the team has now announced that Albon will partner Verstappen from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards, with Gasly returning to Toro Rosso alongside Daniil Kvyat.

"Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will race with a new driver line-up from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards".

Gasly will go in the other direction, taking British-born Thai driver Albon's seat at the sister team where the 23-year-old Frenchman started out before being promoted at the end of last year.

Gasly, who has struggled to match Max Verstappen since being drafted into Red Bull as replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, will return to Toro Rosso in a straight swap.

Albon's strong performances ahead of the summer break coincided with two disappointing results for Gasly, who collided with Albon in Germany before retiring from the race and finished a distant sixth in Hungary on a day when teammate Verstappen won the race.

His highest finish this season was a sixth position at the German Grand Prix last month. Looking at the bigger picture, Gasly had a lot on his shoulders in 2019 because Max Verstappen is in a league of his own.

"We desperately need him realising more of the potential of the auto".

Gasly performed well past year at Toro Rosso and moved up to Red Bull when Australian Daniel Ricciardo made a decision to move to Renault.

Albon, the rookie who Marko had to negotiate to get out of his Formula E contract with Nissan in order for him to compete in Formula 1 this season, spent the first 12 races of the 21-race season driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull Racing junior team.

"Everyone at the Team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career". In the same press conference, Horner conceded that Gasly's performances had left Red Bull "one-legged" in too many races this year and that it needed its second driver to score more points in order to challenge Ferrari for second place in the constructors' championship.



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