3:04 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly says his chances of a return to Red Bull are out of his hands and he’s simply focusing on his race performances.
“But I’ve got [every] reason to think that if the tables were turned, it would probably be exactly the same situation.
“I think Alex in that [AlphaTauri] car would probably perform equal to how Pierre is at the moment. We have so much information on these drivers and the characteristics of our car are very different.
“That’s something that Alex in certain conditions is struggling with, as Pierre did 12 months ago. That’s something we probably need to work on.”
Although Red Bull appear keen to keep Gasly in their sister team, the 24-year-old, who won the Italian GP last month, is hoping for a chance.
“At the end of the day Red Bull decide what they do with the drivers,” he said. “On my side, all I can do is perform. That’s out of my control.
“I think at the moment I’m working well, and I’ve scored more points in this team than any driver in the past. Hopefully I will get a reward at some point.”
Red Bull ‘know their options’ for 2021
4:41 With Honda leaving F1 in 2021, Christian Horner indicates that instead of switching to a different engine supplier, Red Bull will seek to continue using Honda’s hardware.
Red Bull have made no secret of their desire for Albon to be further up the grid, but Sunday was another difficult day for the British-born Thai driver.
He started sixth, but quickly fell back and was in traffic for much of the race – eventually lapped by the leading cars including his team-mate.
“We want both drivers obviously to be up there and we need to get Alex to a point where he’s within a couple of tenths, as Valtteri [Bottas] is with Lewis [Hamilton],” added Horner. “It gives you different strategic options in the race.
“Everybody is doing their very best to try and help Alex to find a setup, to find a balance he’s got confidence with, because we all still believe in him. He’s got great talent, he’s only in his second year of F1, and everyone is rooting for him to claim that seat. But obviously today has been a difficult day for him.”
Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are among a host of available free agents for 2021, and Horner admitted Red Bull want to confirm their line-up “within the next few weeks”.
“We know the options that are available to us,” he said. “We want to give Alex every opportunity to find his form and claim that seat.”