If you thought Alexander Albon was a Red Bull driver in 2021, you were wrong. In the simulator he is appallingly important to Red Bull, but next year he will give up those duties when he leaves for Williams. Who will take his place?
All season long, Christian Horner has been full of praise for Alexander Albon’s performance in the simulator. He does a lot of simulations, if he doesn’t have to race in the DTM himself. His input is considered invaluable in the pursuit of success on the physical track, where Max Verstappen is fighting for the world title.
Horner explains in his column for Red Bull that they will miss him, but consoles themselves with the thought that they have capable drivers on hand to take over the job.
“He leaves a gap as he played his part brilliantly, but we are lucky to have Sebastien Buemi and Jake Dennis, joined by junior drivers Juri Vips and Liam Lawson, so we have no shortage of talent to fall back on. .”
The latter two drivers are currently both operating in Formula 2 with Red Bull support. VIPs are sixth in the championship, Lawson eighth. Sebastian Buemi has been a long-standing development driver, having raced for Toro Rosso in the late 00’s, early ’10s. He then became very successful in endurance racing and Formula E, but the roads never parted with Red Bull.
Jake Dennis has also been under contract as a simulator and development driver for several years, but in recent years we have also come to know as one of the title favorites in Formula E. This year he had a chance at the world title with BMW until the last race, but it eventually went to Nyck de Vries.
Albon will therefore drive for Williams in 2022, but until then he will continue his work for Red Bull: “His focus between now and the end of the year is on supporting Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as best as possible and helping the team with work on the car for 2022.”