Red Bull swap: Toro Rosso boss wanted to keep Albon

Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost has to adjust to a new driver pairing once again. After only twelve races at Scuderia Toro Rosso, Alexander Albon was promoted to Red Bull, Pierre Gasly returns to the team from Belgium and will drive alongside Daniil Kvyat.

Reported in the German media, that before the change, Tost had said that he wanted to continue with Albon rather than Gasly.




At the Hungarian weekend, he said with regard to the 2020 season: “Personally I hope that we can continue with these two drivers.”

“But ultimately it’s a Red Bull decision and I don’t think it will be made until the end of September/beginning of October”.

Now Albon is prematurely gone and yet another big driver shuffle is the cards for 2020 for the Red Bull junior team.

“We have two very good drivers. From Daniil Kvyat we knew from the past that he is fast. Now he is also more mature and shows a very, very good performance.

“Alex Albon is the positive surprise among the young drivers for me,” Tost praised at the time and predicted: “I think he will have a very strong second half of the season because he knows the car very well.”

“He knows how Formula 1 works and if we give him a good package I think he will get very good results,” says Tost.

Certainly at Red Bull, it’s definitely not going to fail because of the car package. Albon himself revealed a few weeks ago: “I feel much more relaxed”. For sure he has settled into the “world of Formula 1”.

Albon claims he feels “more comfortable” after his first races and has more confidence in his own abilities. He didn’t want to set concrete goals for the second half of the season. He simply wanted to continue to improve and work on those areas where he still had room to improve.

However, at Red Bull will now be much under the spotlight, and under far more pressure than at Toro Rosso.

The Gasly/Albon swap also has the curious side effect that Toro Rosso – actually the bull’s junior team – will have a more experienced driver pairing than Red Bull in the second half of the season. Kvyat and Gasly will have 122 Formula 1 starts together, Verstappen and Albon only 105.



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