“We don’t want to ruin his future” – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko wants Alex Albon to continue with the family but will allow him to leave if he so desires.
Dr. Helmut Marko has some big words of praise for their test and reserve driver Alex Albon. Crediting him for his role in the simulator, Marko wants the Thai to continue with the team, but will not stop him if the right offer arrives.
“He is our greatest asset in the simulator, his contribution in development has been very important for the team.
“We don’t want to ruin his future, but we want him to continue with us. A possible addition to another team would depend [on] the details of both contracts.”
Pace was up there in practice, let’s see what tomorrow’s quali brings ⏳ pic.twitter.com/6MSHIxIK5a
— Alex Albon (@alex_albon) July 23, 2021
Alex Albon considering other options?
Albon, on his part, has hinted he doesn’t want to be out of F1 for more than a year and will consider other racing categories. He is currently competing in the DTM series and, apart from that, is a contender to replace Yuki Tsunoda in AlphaTauri, if the Japanese is shown the door after this season.
“In terms of age, no [I’m not old]. But F1 moves relatively quickly.
“More than a year out, the car gets tricky. A year’s break is as much as you can do. That’s what Esteban [Ocon] did. Fernando [Alonso] is a different example, but Fernando is Fernando!
“The car evolves so quickly, technology is improving. There isn’t a series out there that is close to F1. You can’t jump around and do different things.
“So it’s one-year maximum. A lot of the push now is making sure I can do everything I can and also being active myself, looking around, seeing what is out there for me.
“The time to negotiate starts now. In my situation, I always have to be open to other options such as IndyCar or Formula E. Of course, if there is an opportunity to continue in the Red Bull family, I will go for it.”