Formula 1: Alexander Albon has landed a new Red Bull ride for 2021

Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Formula 1 (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Formula 1 (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) /

Former Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon has landed a new ride backed by the team for 2021 in the DTM sports car series in Germany.

Alexander Albon won’t be back with Red Bull for the 2021 Formula 1 season. But he is still set to compete in motorsport in some capacity in 2021, and he is set to do so in a Red Bull-backed entry, it was confirmed Monday.

The 24-year-old Thai-British driver is set to compete in in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) sports car series in Germany.

He is set to compete as the teammate to 18-year-old Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson.

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In Formula 1, Albon, then a rookie for Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso, replaced the struggling Pierre Gasly at Red Bull 12 races into the 21-race 2019 season and retained his ride with the Milton Keynes-based team for the 2020 season after closing out the year strong for the team.

But after finishing in a sixth place tie in the driver standings with fewer than half the amount of points scored by teammate Max Verstappen, who secured 11 podium finishes in 17 races compared to Albon’s two, he was demoted, and the team replaced him with former Racing Point driver Sergio Perez.

Perez had lost his ride with the Lawrence Stroll-owned team, which have since been rebranded as Aston Martin, to four-time world champion and former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel for 2021.

Albon remains tied to the Red Bull Formula 1 team as their reserve driver.

He has his eyes on being promoted back to one of their two full-time driver roles in 2022 with Perez’s deal being a one-year deal. Verstappen is under contract with the team through 2023 after signing a massive extension last January.

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The nine-round, 18-race 2021 DTM season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 29 with the first of two races at Igora Drive in Igora, Leningrad Oblast, Russia.