Ricciardo's Podium and Alex Albon: What Redbull needs?
'The opinion has come to a consensus finally with Ricciardo proving he's still better than Albon'.
2020 has been kind to Ricciardo despite retiring in Austria. He might have struggled in a few races, but the battle for third place is still on. With only a handful of races remaining, the McLaren boys and Daniel Ricciardo are on the foot-to-foot basis. While we can talk about Ocon vs Ricciardo all day, the main topic of discussion is Albon. The man is known for having 'better starts than Pierre Gasly' in 2020 but seems to be highly disappointing when it comes to finishes. Don't get me wrong, he's got his first podium, but it's his second year. Gasly didn't see an entire year in that seat before he was booted out to club Toro Rosso/Alpha Tauri.
It's proven that Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are still in close proximity to each other and Rebull failing to manage driver dynamics is part of Ricciardo's withdrawal to Renault. Source: Google Images
Ricciardo, despite out of Redbull, has proven he can get more out of the mediocre car. While it'll be a stretch to say Renault/Alpine 'will close the gap to Redbull', what Ricciardo drove was worth appreciating. Ricciardo doesn't lose places too often, has excellent starts and meanwhile if you compare every race, side by side, there are only a handful of races where Albon had a committed start which was converted into an excellent finish. More or rather, Albon is fighting for positions in a car which should finish 3rd and 4th almost every race. For us, audience Redbull finishing third and some other team finishing fourth is still a great race, but if you want worthy partner Ricciardo it is.
While it's easy to criticize Alex Albon, his habits of losing places at the start and running in weird position is a literary juxtaposition for Redbull's ambition of winning world titles. Source: Formula1.com
Seeing Alexander Albon losing places and fighting for it has now gotten boring, and as a matter of fact, we seriously doubt, should he be here. It's a controversial matter, where I say Alex Albon shouldn't be part of Redbull's program, but you should listen to me. More than ever, Ricciardo is proving he's better than anyone, and there are drivers like Leclerc who can deliver Redbull not just victories but push Max Verstappen more. I think Alex Albon should be shifted to another series with the Redbull program and meanwhile, they need to find a suitable replacement for Albon who can take the seat. What applies to Albon also applies to Gasly, when it comes to racing Max Verstappen or any driver on the grid for that matter, don't make your head play the games.
Alexander Albon isn't the Redbull protege. He's just a driver at this point, who struggling to come to his senses in a war of cars. Source: Google Images
Statistically speaking, Ricciardo to the date is one of the most successful drivers out of the Redbull program, and he's still on that Renault car with a spirit of honey badger driving him. So for 2021, Redbull might have to either let go of Albon or find a way of motivating him, else Max Verstappen might be their last every successful driver to be on the podium.
Redbull still remains to be my favorite team since I started watching F1 and a team I love getting battered like this, is a hard watch. But I have Ricciardo to keep me entertained till my last breath, see lets enjoy that. Source: Sky Sports F1
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