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Albon targets quick F1 return

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23/02/2021

Admitting that it was "disappointing" to be dropped by Red Bull, Alex Albon vows to return to F1 as soon as possible, insisting that he wants it "more than anyone on the grid".

Even his biggest fans had to admit that Alex Albon did himself no favours last season.

It wasn't so much about beating Max Verstappen as keeping close to him, or at least giving the Dutchman - or rather Red Bull - full support.

However, all too often Albon was missing in action, battling with the front of the midfield pack as opposed to snapping at the heels of the Mercedes pair.

Truth be told, Christian Horner - and yes, even Helmut Marko - gave the youngster every chance, but he failed to deliver, certainly on a regular basis.

As a result, the Austrian team was forced to look outside the Red Bull 'family' and sign Sergio Perez, while Albon, alongside a seat in selected rounds of DTM, will be the Austrian team's test and reserve.

Speaking to the media today, ahead of the launch of Red Bull's 2021 contender, the Thai racer made clear his determination to be back on the F1 grid as soon as possible.

"Of course it was disappointing," he said, "it's always going to be disappointing, this is our dream.

"It was one of those things where there's no point feeling sorry for yourself," he continued, "you've got to get back into it and do as much as you can to get back.

"My goal of course is to be back in a seat for next year and just be ready for this year as well, you never know what's going to happen with fitness or with COVID around," he said, no doubt eyeing the opportunity offered to Nico Hulkenberg last season when deputising for the Racing Point duo. "So this winter has been kind of making sure I'm as ready as I can be, being as fit as I can, doing all the simulator stuff and even will hopefully get a few days where I can drive, do some tyre tests and things like that."

Having been dropped from the company's young driver programme in 2012, Albon knew that Red Bull wasn't afraid to make tough decisions. However, having learned from the experience, the youngster intends to use the lessons learned.

"I have been dropped before, it's not been the first time, but what I learned was in the end of the day how much do you want it. I want it, I'd say, more than anyone on the grid and with that comes a lot of determination and I won't stop at any point so for me it is just about putting my head down.

"I got through it before, I've been able to get to where I am because of all the hard work I have done and as I said I want that seat back"

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1. Posted by kenji, 25/02/2021 0:07

"If one goes back to the days when Webber and Vettel drove together the team attitude, as espoused by Horner/Marko, was poisonous. Marko, who used to refer to Webber as ,'the Australian', was once asked in a presser would they cover both drivers styles of driving as they differed substantially. Marko, who'd already stated publically that the team was being built around Vettel [ great motivation for the other garage ] replied that 'Webber would have to change his style of driving'. The wedge was in and it still is...to a degree. Just a reflection of my opinion."

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2. Posted by TSGoodchild, 23/02/2021 14:28

"Definitely deserves to be in F1. It will be fascinating to see how Perez does this year as a comparison - if he fumbles then that will be 3 drivers who clearly cannot drive a car that is built around Max, and if anything highlight that Gasly and Albon are fine drivers just can't get it working in a Red Bull. I thought it was interesting that Alpha Tauri decided not to take the 2020 spec Red Bull rear end, knowing full well that it might hamper the driveability of their new car. Anyway, I feel that if Albon wants a drive in F1, he may need to extract himself from the RedBull infrastructure and move to another team. "

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3. Posted by kenji, 22/02/2021 23:24

"Albon is fast and he has pretty good racecraft especially his passing manoeuvres which have been mostly spot on. If it hadn't been for Hamilton causing both of his incidents I feel sure that he would still be in contention. That was rough for the lad. He could've had a 2nd place at least in the Brazil race. I hope that Albon does get another shot but he has to make that happen by posting some good results. He is a fighter...as well as a nice guy."

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