Christian Horner says the truth that all different seats look taken on the Formulation 1 grid for 2021 has purchased Crimson Bull extra time to determine on Alexander Albon’s future.
Crimson Bull is at the moment weighing up whether or not to maintain Albon with the workforce for 2021 alongside Max Verstappen following a troublesome first full season.
Albon has scored only one level since ending on the rostrum at Mugello two months in the past, however has been instructed by Crimson Bull the seat is his to stake a declare to within the coming races.
Had been Crimson Bull to drop Albon, the workforce has already confirmed it could look outdoors of its personal driver pool for subsequent yr, pointing to skilled free brokers reminiscent of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg as candidates.
Requested for an replace on the scenario surrounding Albon’s future, Crimson Bull workforce principal Horner mentioned the truth that all different seats on the grid for subsequent yr have been resolved means it could possibly afford to take its time.
“Taking a look at at the moment, he is had a fairly respectable day, most likely his greatest Friday for fairly some time,” mentioned Horner after Albon completed second in FP1 and fifth in FP2 for the Turkish Grand Prix.
“As I’ve mentioned all alongside, we wish to see Alex lay declare to that seat. I believe the distinction is that [with] the options we’ve, all of the seats are full in Formulation 1.
“In order that buys us a little bit little bit of time to take advantage of knowledgeable choice that we will, and naturally give Alex as a lot time as we will and as a lot help as we will, and see what occurs over the remaining three or 4 races.”
Haas is but to substantiate its line-up for subsequent yr, however seems to be set to tackle F2 drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, whereas AlphaTauri is predicted to companion Yuki Tsunoda with Pierre Gasly.
Mercedes can be but to strike a brand new cope with six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton for subsequent yr, however is broadly anticipated to agree phrases as soon as a seventh title is sewn up.
It has made Crimson Bull the one practical possibility for outgoing Racing Level driver Perez to stay on the grid for subsequent yr, or for Hulkenberg to make a full-time return.
However Horner mentioned Crimson Bull was not seeking to place any deadline on deciding its full driver line-up for subsequent yr.
“We’re not placing any specific timescale on it,” Horner mentioned.
“Alex’s contract permits us to make that call after the season. Clearly we’re conscious of what the opposite choices are.
“As I say, all the opposite seats are dedicated now in Formulation 1, other than Mercedes, and I doubt that Lewis will probably be becoming a member of us subsequent season. However you by no means know.”
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