Promoted after such a short time into a car with race-winning pedigree, Albon also found Verstappen a tough nut to crack across his 16-month stint with Red Bull.
This year Albon scored two podiums and finished seventh in the standings on 105 points compared to the Dutchman who finished third with 11 podiums, including two wins, and 214 points.
Reflecting on the news that Sergio Perez will replace him in the second race seat at Red Bull, Albon said via social media: "I can’t lie guys, it hurts. I gave it everything out there, but it wasn’t quite enough.
"I want to say a huge thank you to all of you that supported me throughout this year, especially my Thai fans. With all the different opinions out there, I always had you guys to push me through it.
"I’m not giving up, I’ve poured my life into this and I won’t let it stop here. I have more to give and my focus is getting back for 2022 and to wave the Thai flag again!"
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