Not Hulkenberg but Russell to Red Bull? ‘He’d better deal with that’

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Alexander Albon is under enormous pressure at Red Bull Racing and already seems to be able to pack his bags. According to Christijan Albers, this decision has already been made, but Red Bull has to make a different choice for 2021 than Nico Hulkenberg.

Is Hulkenberg really the best option?

Albon has been under pressure at Red Bull Racing for a year and a half. As a replacement for Pierre Gasly, the Thai can’t live up to the pressure either, so Red Bull is looking for a new driver. According to Albers it is no longer about the upcoming races, but the decision was made long ago.

”Even if he still performs very well in the next two or three races, Red Bull is not going to take that risk anymore. They won’t go back now. At Albon you can tell by his character. No aggressiveness and compared to Verstappen that’s just a completely different world, even though they come from the same period”, says Albers at the De Telegraaf podcast.

Russell to Red Bull?

The former Formula 1 driver doesn’t agree that Nico Hulkenberg should come to Red Bull. ”Throughout his career he has shown that he is a talent, but not a supertalent. He was also beaten by Daniel Ricciardo at Renault. I can understand Max wanting him as a teammate. Max is not afraid of other drivers, but if you know that Ricciardo has beaten him, it gives you confidence”, says Albers, who would like to see another driver join him.

”Purely at speed, however, I would choose George Russell. He is also a young man you can rely on, because he is still very young, just like Max. If Max is constantly faster, then I think Russell can handle that better than Hulkenberg”, concludes Albers.


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