Alexander Albon may temporarily look to a new employer. That is what Helmut Marko has said a week after it was announced that Sergio Perez will take his place next year alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull Racing. The Austrian race team is open to relocating Albon in 2021.
Marko and Albon have drawn up a contract for 2021 stating that he is the reserve and test driver. He will therefore be the permanent replacement when a Red Bull or AlphaTauri driver is unable to compete in a Grand Prix for whatever reason. The agreement also allows Albon to gain a year’s experience elsewhere.
Marko said on Motorsport-Total.com: “We are open to lend him out if another team has a situation where they need a driver at short notice. That way he can make some racing kilometres.”
If other teams are not interested in Albon’s services, the Milton Keynes-based team can still make good use of the knowledge and skills of the Thai driver. “We will use him a lot in testing and he will do a lot in the simulator. He will also be present at many races as a reserve driver. After all, that’s four cars for us.”
Marko is still confident that Albon will come out on top and later become a fixed value for Red Bull. “This is not the end. We’ll see if we can stabilise him.”