Nov.1 (GMM) As he pushes to keep his seat at Red Bull for 2020, Alex Albon has welcomed the support of world champion Lewis Hamilton.
In Mexico, Hamilton predicted a “bright future” for the British-born Thai rookie, who replaced Pierre Gasly at Red Bull after the summer break.
Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko are also backing the 23-year-old, but Marko has warned that Albon “crashes too often”.
The outfit has said Albon as well as Gasly and Daniil Kvyat are all signed up for 2020, but which of them actually serves as Max Verstappen’s teammate next year is not decided.
“Red Bull often spit drivers out pretty quick if they don’t always do the job,” Hamilton said. “I hope they’re good to him.”
Albon welcomed the support. “Of course,” he said in Austin.
“It’s very cool when a driver who I’ve followed for many years says something like that about you, but I also need to impress some others,” Albon laughed.
The most influential of those ‘others’ is Marko.
When asked if he has spoken with the notorious Red Bull driver manager about his future, Albon answered: “Actually, no.
“There’s nothing new to say. Helmut gives me advice because he knows what I should pay attention to and what I should work on. Ultimately he wants my results to be as good as possible.”
So when asked if he is confident of being retained for 2020, Albon said: “Let’s just say I’m pleased with how everything is going. Let’s see if it’s enough.
“Honestly, I don’t think about it too much. I think I have a good chance of being in Formula 1 next year, either at Toro Rosso or Red Bull.
“Right now I want to focus on racing as much as possible, and we’ll see how everything goes.”
As for Marko’s claim that he crashes too often, Albon said he will not be changing his approach in the final races of 2019.
“I don’t think so. The main thing is to learn from your mistakes and become stronger, which I think is one of my strengths,” he said.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!