Former Red Bull Racing F1 Driver Alex Albon is due to be competing in selected rounds of the DTM GT3 sports car series for the 2021 season.
Albon is currently a test and simulator driver for Red Bull Racing F1 and those services will still be appointed to him if needed.
Albon lost his race seat with Red Bull after a poor showing in the 2020 season compared to his race-winning teammate, Max Verstappen.
Red Bull Motorsport Consultant, Helmut Marko, publicly backed Albon to compete and succeed in the selected rounds of the DTM series.
Marko expressed it as a ‘positive step forward’ and ‘real challenge’ for the driver as Albon’s chance to prove himself outside of Formula One.
Formula One legend and current DTM Chairman, Gerhard Berger, has praised the move as a ‘First-class gain for the DTM’. Berger has mentioned Albon’s signing as a ‘key step’ in his final plan for the DTM series in 2021.
Berger also mentioned that ex-Formula One world champion Jenson Button has entered a team. This has helped bolster the roster of cars towards the targeted twenty entries.
Having Albon announced as a DTM driver for 2021 marks the first official announcement for the series’ roster as of January 4th.
Red Bull has previously been involved in the DTM, they sponsored two-time champion, Mattias Ekstrom, when he was driving one of the factory Audi’s.
Previous drivers such as Paul Di Resta have competed in DTM once their career in F1 comes to a stop, however, Albon will be looking for a return to the F1 paddock as soon as possible.
Red Rull is also bringing an academy backed driver into the DTM, New Zealander Liam Lawson. Lawson currently races in Formula Three and his seat is yet to be assigned to a specific team.