Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Christian Horner has said that getting a Formula 1 podium would do wonders for Alex Albon’s confidence.
Albon has come under pressure in recent weeks, after being constantly out-performed by his team-mate Max Verstappen.
The 24-year-old started in sixth position, last time out in the Spanish Grand Prix putting him in prime position to get a strong result and quieten his critics, but he struggled to find grip on any tyre compound and ended up finishing the race down in eighth.
But despite Albon’s difficult start to the season, Horner has backed his driver to prove his critics wrong, stating that his racecraft is impressive and that is a strong quality Red Bull looks for in a driver.
“He is growing in experience and more confident with his feedback in what he feels the car is doing.” Horner said in his latest Red Bull column.
Although Albon has come under fire for not matching Verstappen’s performance, he could arguably have fought for the race win in the opening Grand Prix of the season in Austria had he not collided with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.