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Albon handed Red Bull chance in Gasly swap

12th August 2019, 12:01 by Craig Smithson

Alex Albon has been promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly as a Red Bull main driver from the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit appear to have become frustrated with the 23-year-old Frenchman, who was drafted in to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the 2019 season.

However, while team-mate Max Verstappen has picked up two race wins in the first half of the season, Gasly has not finished on the podium and is three places and 118 points behind the Dutchman in the standings.

Despite former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat securing Toro Rosso's first podium since 2008 in last month's mixed-weather German Grand Prix, it is Albon who has been promoted to replace Gasly.

Gasly will move back to Toro Rosso in a straight swap and Red Bull bosses will make a decision on who will pair up with Verstappen for 2020 at the end of this season.

"Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula 1 drivers under contract who can be rotated between the [main] team and Toro Rosso," said a team statement.

"The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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