Suffolk's Alexander Albon gets Red Bull promotion

Red Bull to use next nine races to decide who will partner Max in 2020

Red Bull to use next nine races to decide who will partner Max in 2020

From the Belgian Grand Prix, Gasly will be out of the team - for now, at least - and Alex Albon in.

In some big news coming in, Red Bull Racing have confirmed that Alexander Albon will partner Max Verstappen with immediate effect in Formula One (F1).

Thai Albon, 23, has been promoted from the team's sister outfit, Toro Rosso, with Gasly going the other way.

The switch-around marks a meteoric rise for Albon, who was racing in Formula Two past year and seemed destined for a future with Nissan in the all-electric Formula E series before Red Bull stepped in.

Red Bull say they will "use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance" and make a "decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020".

The Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is on September 1, the first race after Formula One's August break.

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In a statement Red Bull said: "Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula 1 drivers under contract who can be rotated between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso". Gasly has not just been overshadowed by Max Verstappen at Red Bull: he has experienced a total eclipse.

"Honda is spending so much time on the dyno and then we also find out our limits from the parts on the auto, so we never had that before".

But another subdued performance by Gasly in Hungary - where the 23-year-old was lapped by Verstappen - likely left Marko convinced that a change was in order.

"You never had an idea if your auto was strong enough or not and you only found that out from retiring, so the whole preparation before you get into a season is so much better".

His highest finish this season was a sixth position at the German Grand Prix last month.

However, Kvyat's track record has been even better, with the young Russian outscoring his teammate by 11 points.

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