Well, that was a bit of a shocker right?!
Red bull has yet again - Potentially - shocked the driver market, last year with the departure of Riccardo and now with Albon getting a Red Bull seat after only 11 races. Lucky Guy. Gasly after a disappointing start to the year has now got to prove himself at Toro Rosso. I feel like if he doesn't improve he could get the sack. I hope not. But let us talk about the other driver in the room...
Daniil Kyvat, the driver who can never be fired. I honestly thought that he would be in line for the Red Bull drive, Along with his previous experience in the Red Bull team and his most recent, excellent, drive in Germany, It is strange why Red Bull didn't go for him. Or is it. Red Bull's philosophy of putting future first works out in the case, by having Albon gain the seat above his more experienced teammate gives him the chance to grow and hopefully gain the most of his potential.
Is it a smart move? I mean I like Albon he's a great driver, polite and overall a great guy. But I don't want his career to be ruined by a demotion like Kyvat and now Gasly. Gasly had a year and a bit to prepare for the Red Bull role and Albon has had 11 Races, which is nuts. I know Red Bull say they are "Evaluating" to see who will partner Verstappen in 2020 and I agree its actually a great way to solve 2 problems.
Those 2 problems are that 2nd in the championship is finally available after Ferrari's tough start. Also, it gives Red Bull a chance to reanalyze its lineup for 2020. But I hope Red Bull is not just rushing into it, for the sake of points, they need to play the long game. Especially if the driver program is drying and Verstappen could be gone soon.
But hey, Congrats Alex!