Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 No.23 Red Bull Racing 3rd Tuscan GP 2020 Alexander Albon With Pit Board
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We've known for a long time that being a Red Bull driver is no easy task. Pierre Gasly could tell you a lot about it, but Alexander Albon's move from the little bulls to the Austrian's main team didn't give him the breakthrough he was looking for.
With Max Verstappen at Red Bull, Albon was expected to perform in the same way as the Dutchman, but the RB16 didn't suit the young Briton-Thai driver so well. After eight races, Albon was still without a podium and his seat at Red Bull was beginning to wobble.
The next opportunity for improvement came at the Tuscany Grand Prix, held at the Mugello circuit between 11 and 13 September 2020. Albon finally had a good qualifying session, as he managed to finish fourth and start behind his immediate team-mate. After the start, he held on to fourth place, with the minor blemish that he squeezed ahead of Leclerc, while Verstappen was eliminated. With not many teams other than Red Bull and Mercedes having a chance of a podium finish for most of the season, Albon had a golden opportunity to get his chestnut. The conditions did not make it easy for him. He was red-flagged twice and made a bad mistake on the first restart, which dropped him well back into the midfield. But on the second stop he got the move just right and only had to shake off Daniel Riccardo's Renault to finish third. He did just that, and Albon was finally on the podium.
This result may have given the young driver a moment's comfort, but he was unable to maintain his good form and only scored one podium for the rest of the season. With expectations so high, it was no wonder that Alexander Albon's work was thanked at Red Bull at the end of the season and replaced by the experienced Sergio Perez. Despite all this, Spark has not forgotten about good results, and Albon's first podium car was released in 1:43 scale.
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