Albon needed a really, really convincing Imola weekend in my opinion, and he never looked like producing.
Qualifying was a tightrope throughout as he kept having laptimes deleted for track limits, and then when it mattered in Q3 he was on the third row, again.
Then he lost a place at the start and the usual problems set in, Albon unable to progress as he battled with an unstable rear. Later in the race he complained of vibrations whenever he pushed at high speed.
Despite all of that he had the opportunity to secure a top-five finish but was a bit slow on the restart and mugged by Daniil Kvyat into Tamburello, then by Sergio Perez on the outside into Villeneuve.
And to cap it all off, he spun a second or two later. Albon protested quite a bit post-race over the radio that he would not have spun on his own, and must have been hit.
The reply sided with “wheelspin first” – unfortunately, that means Albon’s fault.
The end result must be that his Red Bull days will end after this season. He’d been given a push to “justify” his position. All he’s done in the two weekends since is justify his exit.
The crazy end of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix once again provoked a lot of reactions from the internet. Alexander Albon became the target of the jokes after yet another disappointing race.
After two bad races at the Nürburgring and Portimao, Alexander Albon needed an exceptionally good weekend in Imola to join his team for his seat in 2021. Again, however, he went home without points.
So time is running out for Albon. The expectation is that he will already make the season and only after that Red Bull will announce who will drive next to Verstappen at Red Bull Racing in 2021. So he still has four races to prove himself. If that doesn’t work out, De Telegraaf says they already know for sure who the possible replacements will be.
“Should Red Bull Racing definitively choose to replace Alexander Albon after this season, Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez will be the only candidates to succeed him. The top team is in talks with both drivers,” reports the newspaper from multiple sources.
Although he hasn’t said it in so many words, the comments from Verstappen show that Hulkenberg is his preferred driver. The two speak Dutch with each other and get along well.
THE WRITING WAS ALREADY ON THE WALL – PEREZ AND HULKENBERG ONLY CANDIDATES THE WRITING WAS ALREADY ON THE WALL – PEREZ AND HULKENBERG ONLY CANDIDATES
FORMULA 1 – MIAMI GRAND PRIX FOR 2022
VERSTAPPEN WON A THRILLING WET-DRY IMOLA FORMULA 1 RACE
HAMILTON CLAIMED POLE FOR FORMULA 1’S 2021 IMOLA
VERSTAPPEN FINISHES FASTEST IN FP3 AT IMOLA
F1 EMILIA ROMAGNA GP – BOTTAS AGAIN HEADED IN FP2
F1 EMILIA ROMAGNA GP – BOTTAS FASTEST IN FP1
THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|