Red Bull Will Sack Albon If He Doesn’t Improve His Qualifying – Rosberg

The 2016 F1 World Champion said Alex Albon needs to get much closer to Max Verstappen in qualifying.

Red Bull had a strong qualifying at the Nurburgring, with Max Verstappen and Alex Albon putting in lap times good enough for third and fourth, respectively.

When asked what position he expects to finish the race, Albon joked: “I would be happy with first,” before adding, “But yeah I would say…fourth would be nice. We’ll see.”

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This didn’t go down well with 2016 Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg, who said Alex Albon should be aiming higher than P4.

“I didn’t quite like that he was aiming just for fourth,” Rosberg said on Saturday.

“He’s got a Red Bull and so much can happen in the race tomorrow. He should be aiming for the podium and he can do that. I didn’t like that [comment] too much.”

Continuing, Rosberg said the Thai driver has had “some good results” this season, but the German believes Albon needs to improve his qualifying pace to have a chance of retaining his Red Bull seat in 2021.

“Last qualifying he was one second down on Max [Verstappen] and today he was five-tenths behind. Even five tenths is way too much after so many races now.

“That’s going to make it or break it for him in terms of keeping that seat for next year.”

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Red Bull have insisted that they aren’t planning on making an in-season change to their driver line-up, but they are believed to be considering a change for 2021, though it’s difficult to speculate who is favourite to replace Albon.

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