Moving up to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team, Martin Brundle advised Alexander Albon that he would need to use “every instrument and trick” is he is to survive.
After months of insisting a secure spot on the team for Pierre Gasly, Red Bull had no choice but to show him the axe on Monday due to failing to match Verstappen throughout the season.
It is an enormous promotion for this season’s Thai-British racer, who has been a late call to Toro Rosso. However, this might prove to be a daunting mission to match up to his new teammate.
“Good luck to Alex, he’s arrived in F1 in great style, but will need every tool and trick in the F1 drivers’ repertoire to survive in Max’s lair,” Brundle wrote on Twitter.
“With the star-maker/grim reaper forensically observing his data.”
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRosso) August 12, 2019
Even Red Bull team boss Christian Horner concedes it is not easy for anyone to be measured against Verstappen,
“I think it’s very tough,” he told the Express.
“If you go up against Verstappen at the moment – for me arguably he is the most in-form driver on the grid – that’s an enormous barometer for any driver to go up and be measured against.”
“As a competitor, you always want to measure yourself against the best that you can.”
As for Gasly, he is back at Toro Rosso with Brundle pointing out that all hope has not been lost for the Frenchman.
He said: “Commiserations to Pierre, but he rides again and is still in the game.”
The 23-year-old racer will have nine races to make his case and convince Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko that he can be worthy teammate to Max Verstappen for 2020.
“Surreal to have been given this massive opportunity @redbullracing!,” Albon wrote on Twitter.
“Can’t thank you enough for believing in me and making this possible. It’s a big jump into the deep end, but I’ve got my swimming shorts on!
2/2: Thanks to all the guys at @ToroRosso, especially Franz Tost for the massive opportunity in F1 and never-ending support throughout my first year! Now to focus for my first race with the team in Spa 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/KvgNmtlkSx
— Alex Albon (@alex_albon) August 12, 2019