Red Bull Racing picks Albon to replace Gasly

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RBR, which has done mid-season driver swaps in the past (including the one that brought Verstappen to the team in 2016), will send Gasly back down to Torro Rosso, where he will complete his 2019 campaign.

But the highly-regarded youngster has struggled to keep pace with Verstappen, and his demotion, while ruthless, had been widely predicted.

Despite looking promising, Albon's rookie year hasn't exactly been stellar, as he's so far been out-performed by his current teammate Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso. 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. The British-born Thai driver has scored 16 points from his 12 Grands Prix to date, with a best result of sixth in the rain-affected German round - his first ever wet F1 race.

'The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020.

Gasly's form and future had become a frequent topic of conversation and speculation through the summer. He has just 63 points compared to Verstappen's 181 and failed to make the podium this season.

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Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (RBR) announced Monday that Formula One rookie Alex Albon will replace team driver Pierre Gasly beginning with the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix on September 1.

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

As fate would have it, Kvyat has more points up its belt so far in 2019 but Red Bull Racing chose to promote the less experienced driver.

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

"Everyone at the team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career".

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