Red Bull have announced that Alex Albon will replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
Gasly has had a difficult start to the season, being completely outshone by an in-form Max Verstappen, and has had a best result of fourth at the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen has won two races for Red Bull so far this term and the Team Principal, Christian Horner previously suggested that Gasly’s form was starting to hurt their chances for second in the Constructor’s championship.
Red Bull see Albon as the man to step up to the plate and have promoted him to the team for the next Grand Prix at Spa.
In a statement released this morning, the team said: “Alexander Albon is being promoted to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing to drive alongside Max Verstappen, while Pierre Gasly will return to the Red Bull sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso.
“Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula One drivers under contract who can be rotated between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso.
“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.”
Albon had never driven a Formula 1 car prior to pre-season testing this year but the British-born Thai driver has put in some strong performances, most notably at the German Grand Prix where he finished sixth.
Red Bull have confirmed that Pierre Gasly will return back to his old team Toro Rosso and will partner Daniil Kvyat who also suffered the same fate when he was replaced by Max Verstappen in 2016.