Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko confirmed in Singapore that the team's choice would come down to Albon or Pierre Gasly, who lost his seat in the summer break to facilitate the Thai driver's promotion just 12 races into his Formula 1 career.
Marko also suggested that the decision over the 2020 line-up will be made after the Mexican Grand Prix, scene of a Verstappen victory in each of the last two years.
Albon has scored two sixth-place finishes after a fifth on debut for Red Bull in Belgium, but does not necessarily need an uptick in results to keep his spot.
"In the end, there's no targets for me right now," he added. "It's just doing the races. There's quite a few races to go, so they haven't been pushing me in any sense like that.
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