Red Bull: Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly

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Albon (left) has impressed in his debut season this year while Gasly has struggled

Red Bull will replace French driver Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon for the rest of the season.

Thai Albon, 23, has been promoted from the team’s sister outfit Toro Rosso, with Gasly going the other way.

Gasly, 23, is sixth in the championship with 63 points. Team-mate Max Verstappen is third with 181.

Red Bull say they will “use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance” and make a “decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020”.

In Gasly’s last outing in Hungary – the final race before a mid-season break – he finished sixth and was lapped by Verstappen, who finished second behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said after the race: “Pierre really needs to take some time out during the break, reflect, and take the lessons into the second part of the year.

“We desperately need him realising more of the potential of the car.”

The next race takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 1 September.

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