Bleekemolen: “Albon is not ready for Formula 1”


Alexander Albon has been under pressure for some time. The Red Bull Racing driver cannot keep up with Max Verstappen’s pace, but also regularly performs below the norm. He finished only tenth in Russia last Sunday.

The Thai Briton has accumulated 64 points after ten races. Exactly half of Verstappen, who is in third place in the championship with 128 points. The question whether Albon is suitable as a Red Bull Racing driver is regularly asked aloud. The 24-year-old driver has been in the seat for over a year now and although he regularly shows good overtaking actions, he still cannot provide his teammate with back cover.

According to Michael Bleekemolen it is therefore time for new blood: “Red Bull has defended him a bit, of course, but I don’t think that this man is ready for Formula 1,” he says in an interview with GPFans. “Otherwise he should have performed now.” Bleekemolen understands, however, that Albon may first have to get used to it and explains that it is very difficult to sit next to Verstappen anyway: “Because Max always goes fast, so that is difficult. But Albon is simply too slow time and time again.”

Michael Bleekemolen in conversation with GPFans, 2019.

The operator of Bleekemolens Race Planet does not think that Albon should be replaced with Gasly again, but that it is time for a new driver: “It would be nice if Ricciardo comes back,” it sounds. Perez can also send a game according to the driver: “That is sad anyway, because that man can really race,” he refers to the upcoming departure of the Mexican at Racing Point. “He deserves to keep driving here. I also think he could bring something good to Red Bull,” concludes Bleekemolen, who believes Formula 1 needs “something new” anyway.

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