Thai Formula One driver Alex Albon has been demoted by his team Red Bull Racing and the racer expresses his dejection over the decision.
Alex Albon did not have the best of performance this year. He finished 2020 Formula One season in 7th position with 105 points and had secured only two podiums and failed to maintain consistency throughout the season.
On 18th December, Red Bull decided to demote Albon for the 2021 season and announced that he will be replaced by Mexican driver Sergio Perez, the winner of Sakhir GP, to race for them next year, teaming up with Max Verstappen.
“Alex remains an important part of our Team as Test and Reserve Driver with a key focus on 2022 development and we would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution,” Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing team boss said after the announcement.
Albon will spend the next year away from the grand prix as the team’s Test and Reserve driver and also will be focused on simulation work and tyre testing before making a focused comeback in 2022. However, the driver is not very jolly about it.
I gave it everything out there, but it wasn’t quite enough: Alex Albon
On Sunday, Alex Albon took to his official Instagram to open his mind up about his team’s decision.
“I can’t lie guys, it hurts. I gave it everything out there, but it wasn’t quite enough,” Albon wrote, along with a picture of himself and also expressed gratitude for the support he has received from Thailand.
“I want to say a huge thank you to all of you that supported me throughout this year, especially my Thai fans,” the 24-year-old went on, “with all the different opinions out there, I always had you guys to push me through it.”
Although the relegation to Test and Research has been hurtful, Albon is highly positive to return to the racetrack in 2022.
“I’m not giving up, I’ve poured my life into this and I won’t let it stop here. I have more to give and my focus is getting back for 2022 and to wave the Thai flag again!” Albon added.