Albon poised for 'big step' with Red Bull as Belgian GP approaches
Alexander Albon understands that his first race with Red Bull since being promoted from Toro Rosso will bring a certain amount of attention and scrutiny, but he says he is ready for the “big step” in his career as he races in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.
After weeks of speculation, Pierre Gasly was eventually dumped by Red Bull in the summer break, being demoted to Toro Rosso with Albon going in the other direction.
Albon, who was previously let go by Red Bull himself, is aware of the task he has ahead.
“Not many drivers get the chance to drive a car capable of winning a race so early in their F1 career, so it’s a great opportunity to be driving for Red Bull. It’s a big step, a big difference, and the factory’s a lot closer to my house which is handy!” he told the official Red Bull site.
“We know what the car is capable of and we’ve seen what Max has been able to do this year. I want to see what it’s like compared to what I’m used to, but at the same time, I know this weekend is my first time in the car, I’m still learning and improving as a driver and there’s definitely more to come.
“I know one of the main differences will be the noise and attention that comes with the move but I’m keeping my feet on the ground. I’m just focusing on the job I have to do for Spa, I’ll be doing a lot of listening and observing.”
The 23-year-old is delighted that his first race with the team will come at Spa, as he describes it as a track that every driver loves.
“The track is cool and I think it’s one that everyone loves,” he added.
“It’s definitely a drivers track, it’s quick and there aren’t many run-off areas. It kind of goes back to that old school driving feeling where you really feel like you’re on the limit and you know if you make a mistake, you’re in the wall.
“That’s something that drivers crave. Spa hasn’t necessarily been that successful of a track for me, but we got podiums there in Formula 2 last year so it’s still been good. Also, you never know what’s going to happen there with the weather.
“We’ve got as much simulator prep done as we can, so now it’s about going through procedural things with the Team and getting to know everyone. It should be good!
With the move seemingly coming as a surprise to Albon, he is aiming to remain concentrated on simply doing the best he can in the half-season he has with Red Bull.
“This is a big step, but I feel I’ve been through these big jumps before and taken the opportunities – I’m not worried about that. I’m focused and ready to be as strong as possible for the second half of the year,” he assured.
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