Alex Albon will retain his seat at Red Bull for the 2020 season the team have announced, with the Thai driver lining up alongside Max Verstappen.
Albon was promoted to the Red Bull senior team from Toro Rosso for the Belgian Grand Prix this year, swapping places with Pierre Gasly, and the Albon has impressed his bosses with a number of impressive recovery drives.
Many wondered if Albon would cope with the pressure of being in a top team as it is his rookie year in the series, but he has handled it well, finishing in the top six in all seven races he has had with the team so far.
Speaking about the announcement, the 23-year-old said: “I am really excited to be partnering Max again for next year and I know how fortunate I am to be given this opportunity.
“I’m hugely thankful that Red Bull have put their trust in me and believed in my results since I joined the Team and for them to keep me in the car next year is a big deal.
“This year has been an incredible year for me and getting the call up to Red Bull mid-season was already a big step, so now I will use the learnings from this season and use the experience to improve and fight at the front in 2020.”
Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, has said that it was Albon’s consistency and tenacious approach that earned him the seat for next year.
“Alex has performed extremely well since his debut with the Team in Belgium and his results – seven finishes in the top-six – speak for themselves.” added Horner.
“It’s extremely hard to deny that level of consistency and in tandem with a growing reputation as a tenacious, fiercely committed racer, Alex has proved that he fully deserves to continue his progress with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
“There is plenty of potential still to unlock and we look forward to seeing Alex alongside Max in 2020.”
Toro Rosso have also announced that Pierre Gasly will remain with the team for next season alongside Daniil Kvyat.