“Alex Albon is a young, ambitious driver and an outstanding gain for the DTM” – Reserve Red Bull driver for 2021 confirmed for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.
Alex Albon has had a rollercoaster two years in Formula 1. He made his debut for AlphaTauri in 2019, and was ‘promoted’ to Red Bull midway through the season, replacing the under-performing Pierre Gasly. But after being demoted himself to be replaced by Sergio Perez, Albon has now set his sights on the DTM racing category, with Helmut Marko confirming the news.
“The DTM with a high-class field and GT3 sports cars is an interesting platform and a real challenge, both for successful race drivers like Alex Albon and as for our Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson.”
#DTMnews F1 driver @alex_albon and young @LiamLawson30 will be racing in the DTM with @redbull backing. Albon will be participating in selected races whenever his F1 duties as test and replacement driver allows. The driver Albon will be alternating with will be announced later. pic.twitter.com/n8my9KOMme
— DTM (@DTM) January 4, 2021
DTM chief Gerhard Berger excited about Alex Albon signing
Gerhard Berger, a Formula 1 driver of the past, himself, is happy with the signing of Alex Albon. Apart from him, former F1 champion Jenson Button also has a team – Jenson Button Team Rocket. Mercedes, McLaren, and Audi are the giants involved with the series this season.
“Formula 1 drivers like Alex Albon, DTM stars like three-time champion René Rast, GT professionals, and young talents like Liam Lawson – that is a high-class driver mix the way I would like it for the 2021 DTM season.”
“It is also a perfect fit that ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has already submitted an entry for the DTM with his team. Alex Albon is a young, ambitious driver and an outstanding gain for the DTM.”
A total of five teams have already committed to the DTM’s first season featuring GT3 machinery, namely GruppeM (Mercedes), 2 Seas Motorsport, and Jenson Team Rocket RJN (both McLaren), Team Rosberg, and Team Abt (both Audi).”