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Verstappen happy to have any team-mate

13th August 2019, 12:00 by James Mason

Max Verstappen says it doesn't matter who Red Bull choose as his team-mate after Alex Albon replaced Pierre Gasly.

After a promising 2018 campaign at Toro Rosso, Gasly was promoted to Red Bull for the current season but he has failed to produce the performances expected of him this year.

The Frenchman currently sits sixth in the Drivers' Championship, 99 points behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in fifth, and the Milton Keynes-based outfit has decided to send him back to their sister team.

Albon has now been promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso, having impressed during the first half of the season, and he will be hoping for a positive start when the F1 action returns at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen, who has won in Austria and Germany this year, was asked about the recent switch in the line-up and admits who his team-mate is doesn't impact on him.

"Of course, it is a pity for Pierre, but I personally don't care much who my team-mate is," he told the Telegraaf. "The point is that we perform better with the other car and thereby gain more points for the team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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