By Dan Chapman
As a whirlwind debut season in Formula One nears its conclusion, the news that client Alex Albon so desperately wanted has arrived: he will be driving for Red Bull in the 2020 F1 season.
Alex, 23, had entered F1 in 2019 on a one year deal with Toro Rosso – and secured five points finishes by the time the summer break arrived following the Hungarian Grand Prix. In a move that surprised many in the F1 paddock, Alex’s performances saw him promoted from the Toro Rosso team to their parent team – meaning he would line up at the Belgian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen’s team-mate.
Alex’s seven Grand Prix to date for Red Bull has seen him deliver consistently promising performances that defy not just his inexperience in the more powerful Red Bull car, but F1 more generally. It would be hard to think of a driver who has entered F1 in recent times with less F1 track time and experience than Alex had had (which was none at all!), yet Alex has not finished lower than 6th place in any Grand Prix for the Christian Horner led outfit. In his last race Alex was the victim of a first lap incident which necessitated an immediate pit-stop and despite rejoining the US Grand Prix in an emphatic last place, some way behind the pack of back-markers, Alex stormed through the field to finish 5th. This stunning drive saw Alex receive the Driver of the Day award (for the second time this season) and promoted him to sixth place in the overall F1 championship standings. As it would be reasonable to suggest that the novice driver in the Red Bull Team would be aiming to finish at best sixth in the Championship (behind the two Mercedes, Ferraris and Max Verstappen), for Alex to attain that position despite racing the first 12 Grand Prix at Toro Rosso is some achievement. The powers that be at Red Bull have obviously thought so, given the move to re-sign Alex for their 2020 assault.
Congratulations to Alex for his fantastic achievements to date – but we know for sure that there is a lot more to come! Watch this space.
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The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.
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