With just a single race of the 2020 F1 season to go and Red Bull being one of only two teams not to confirm their driver line-up for next year, all eyes are on the Milton Keynes-based outfit as we eagerly wait to see if Alex Albon will still be Max Verstappen’s team-mate in 2021.
In a recent interview, Dr Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull’s driver programme, reiterated that they won’t make a decision on Albon’s future until after the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
He admitted that the Thai driver’s performance last time out in Sakhir was not “exhilarating”, but said the team doesn’t want to “jump to conclusions” when making such an important decision.
“The decision will be made in a few days,” he told Austria’s Kleine Zeitung newspaper.
As for Sergio Perez’s chances of joining Red Bull should they decide to ditch Albon, Dr Marko said the Mexican is on their “radar” and they plan on finalising their 2021 driver-line up before Christmas.
“Perez has been on our radar for the whole of the second half of the season. I’m flying to England on Monday, and there will be a decision before Christmas at the latest,” the Austrian added.
In early November, a source told Formula1News.co.uk that Red Bull have already decided to drop Alex Albon at the end of the year, and he will only be in F1 next season with Scuderia AlphaTauri if Yuki Tsunoda fails to get a Super Licence.