Alex Albon has said that his switch to Red Bull from Toro Rosso is a “big step up” but is a challenge he is looking forward to.
Over the summer break Red Bull announced that they had promoted Albon from Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly, who has had a difficult season.
Gasly was unable to match the pace of his teammate, Max Verstappen, and, at times, struggled to remain clear of the midfield.
The pace difference between the pair was such that Gasly finished the Hungarian Grand Prix a lap down on his teammate.
Red Bull are currently in a fight for second in the constructor’s championship with Ferrari, and with valuable points being missed, the team felt it was time to change drivers.
“Not many drivers get the chance to drive a car capable of winning a race so early in their F1 career, so it’s a great opportunity to be driving for Red Bull.” said Albon in Red Bull’s preview.
Albon had never driven a Formula 1 car before pre-season testing but has impressed so far this year and he is hoping to carry that momentum with him, although he is aware he still has a lot to learn.
“We know what the car is capable of and we’ve seen what Max has been able to do this year.
“I want to see what it’s like compared to what I’m used to, but at the same time, I know this weekend is my first time in the car.
“I’m still learning and improving as a driver and there’s definitely more to come.”
Despite this being a big step up at such an early stage in his career, Albon believes he is ready and will maximise the opportunity that has been presented to him.
“This is a big step, but I feel I’ve been through these big jumps before and taken the opportunities – I’m not worried about that.
“I’m focused and ready to be as strong as possible for the second half of the year.”