Alex Albon has said he has no “hard feelings” towards Red Bull or Yuki Tsunoda after being dropped by the team at the end of the 2020 season.
Sergio Perez was signed as Albon’s replacement at Red Bull, but the Thai driver would have ended up at Scuderia AlphaTauri had Tsunoda not been in the picture, a source told Formula1News.co.uk in November.
“Obviously Yuki’s had a very strong year last year so you can understand why the way it was. There’s no hard feelings with that side of it,” Albon said on Monday.
In the same virtual press conference, Albon said he is eyeing a return to Formula One with either Red Bull or Scuderia AlphaTauri.
“My main goal is to be in a Formula 1 car. Firstly, the goal has to be with Red Bull.
“There is not just two, there’s four seats there and my goal would be really to wait and assess how it’s going.
“Obviously, if everyone’s performing, then you’d be able to know what the situation is.
“So on my side, my duty is to focus on what’s going on right now, focus on getting the best for the team, doing what I can to improve myself within the factory and with the guys.
“Once we can do that, then we’ll see what happens,” he added.
Albon will serve as Red Bull’s reserve and test driver this upcoming season while contesting DTM races which don’t clash with his F1 duties.
Red Bull have previously said they would be open to “loaning” him out to another F1 team this year to give him as much on-track action as possible.