By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will keep its current driver lineup together after announcing Alex Albon will return alongside Max Verstappen for the 2020 Formula 1 season.
The 23-year-old was promoted up from Toro Rosso following the summer break, swapping places with Pierre Gasly. Since then, Albon has put together a stout run by finishing in the top six in each of the seven races, including a career-best fourth-place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix.
While the sample size is small, it was enough for team principal Christian Horner to feel confident in returning the same driver lineup next season.
“Alex has performed extremely well since his debut with the Team in Belgium and his results – seven finishes in the top-six – speak for themselves,” Horner said. “It’s extremely hard to deny that level of consistency and in tandem with a growing reputation as a tenacious, fiercely committed racer, Alex has proved that he fully deserves to continue his progress with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. There is plenty of potential still to unlock and we look forward to seeing Alex alongside Max in 2020.”
While the year has been adventurous for Albon, there is optimism that continuity and experience will lead to even greater success for 2020.
“I am really excited to be partnering Max again for next year and I know how fortunate I am to be given this opportunity,” Albon said. “I’m hugely thankful that Red Bull have put their trust in me and believed in my results since I joined the Team and for them to keep me in the car next year is a big deal. This year has been an incredible year for me and getting the call up to Red Bull mid-season was already a big step, so now I will use the learnings from this season and use the experience to improve and fight at the front in 2020.”