Horner feels Albon would perform same as Gasly at AlphaTauri
The Red Bull chief reckons if roles reversed, it will be a similar situation for them.
Christian Horner explains how Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon at AlphaTauri would perform same, off-set among teammates.
Follwoing another difficult time for Albon in the F1 Portuguese GP, Red Bull chief Horner put it on the Thai racer to salvage his career by doing whatever is required of him in races like Imola and Istanbul, as the team nears its decision time for 2021.
While Horner understood the start difficulties for both its drivers at Algarve but with Albon not being able to get going, it was tough to defend the Thai racer. He had considerably higher tyre wear while running in traffic as opposed to Max Verstappen.
Having only managed 12th, time is running out for Albon to save his Red Bull F1 seat as the idea of having someone from outside gains momentum, especially with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in the market - both doing all to please Red Bull to hire them.
In fact, Horner ruled out the possibility of having Gasly back in Red Bull - who is already confirmed now at AlphaTauri - as the Brit felt that the Frenchman wouldn't do anything more than what Albon was doing. On similar tunes, he reckoned the Thai would perform to his potential at AlphaTauri like the Frenchman.
"I think Pierre is doing a great job and he drove another great race, with some great moves," said Horner to Sky F1. "His confidence is up there and that AlphaTauri car is easier to drive, it was an easier car last year when Alex stepped up, it was one of the first comment he made. I have got no reason to think that if tables are turned, it would probably be same situation.
"I think Alex in that AlphaTauri car would perform equal to that of Pierre at the moment. We have so much information on these drivers and the characteristics of our car is different, which is what Alex is struggling with as Pierre did 12 months ago. That's obviously something we need to work on.
"You can see in difficult conditions. The segregation between the drivers, whether it is Leclerc and Seb at the moment or even Lewis and Valtteri in the race their, you see quite a big off-set and that's obviously what we have seen in Portugal. Quick cars are tend to be difficult cars to drive on the edge and Max is showing what's the car's potential is. We want both drivers to be up there and we need Alex to be up there when he is within couple of tenths as Valtteri is with Lewis.
"It gives you different strategic options in the race. Everybody is doing their best to help Alex to find a set-up, find a balance he's got confidence with because we all still believe in him. He's a great kid and great talent, obviously, he's only in his second year of F1, and everybody is rooting for him to claim that seat but obviously it's been a difficult day for him," summed up Horner.
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