Formula 1: The weakest flies at Red Bull - Sport
- Red Bull is looking for a better Formula 1 partner for top rider Max Verstappen.
- Now freshman Alexander Albon will try for the rest of the season.
- He too is already under pressure.
Oh, what had Daniil Kwjat sighed after the recent rain over Hockenheim had put him on the podium for a Formula 1 race? Oh, sighed Kwjat, his career was a roller coaster. Bad phrase, clear. But actually it was like this: Daniil Kwjat, 25, born in Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia, thought after years of ups and downs in the team of Red Bull and his driving school Toro Rosso for the second time in his career at the so-called lifthill,
This is what the rollercoaster manufacturer calls the most rumbling elevator, the long driveway before the first descent, where the wagons receive the necessary energy to enable them to descend again for as long as possible.
Kwjat, who had been a Red Bull pilot years ago, before he was hauled into a Toro Rosso to hand his cockpit over to four-year-old Max Verstappen, was looking for a return promotion after finishing third in Hockenheim Red Bull hope. It was foreseeable that the place next to Verstappen would be vacant: the Frenchman Pierre Gasly, 23, was overstrained the whole season; in the past races he had then applied for a less demanding job - in the rain of Hockenheim he was 14. And last in Hungary Gasly came a lap behind Verstappen to the finish. Again, for the fifth time! In a car where Verstappen can win races.
Gasly was not, Kwjat is not
For Gasly it goes logically back in the Toro Rosso, he is located on drop, This is what the roller coaster says to be the moment when gravity works. However, Gasly's successor will not be Kwjat, but Alexander Albon, his garage neighbor with Toro Rosso - the change is immediately. Sounds confusing?
This is deceptive. He just shows how tough they are at Red Bull. Sports director Helmut Marko and team principal Christian Horner act according to two maxims: The weakest flies. And finally bring us a driver who does not completely fall out of the role next to Verstappen. Gasly was not, Kwjat is not. So maybe Albon? "The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance and make a decision on who will ride alongside Max in 2020," the team said, not a stress-reducing announcement for Albon.
The son of an Englishman and a Thai woman has been driving in Formula 1 since this year. He was already on the go to Formula E when he received a contract shortly before the start of the season. He is already 23 years old, which is also because he, as a former pupil in the Red Bull junior program, was kicked out of this seven years ago. In Formula 1, he performs well, not outstanding: ninth in Bahrain, tenth in China, eighth in Monaco, sixth in Hockenheim, tenth in Hungary. You can try it out, think of Red Bull. If it does not work out, it would go up and down quickly for him. The roller coaster maker calls such an element looping the loop,