The Frenchman is 118 points behind Verstappen over the summer break, and just five points ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz. Gasly has finished behind at least one of the McLaren drivers in three of the last five races, while Verstappen has won twice in that period.
Albon's journey to the Red Bull senior team is a remarkable one. He was dropped from the team's junior programme in 2012 and was only brought back into the fold earlier this year at the last minute, having signed a long-term deal with Nissan to race in Formula E before Marko came calling.
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