Why Red Bull has dropped Gasly for Albon in F1

  • Published on Aug 12, 2019
  • Red Bull caused a shock in the Formula 1 summer break by announcing it has dropped Pierre Gasly back to Toro Rosso, replacing him with rookie Alexander Albon - just over a week after the team said Gasly's drive was safe until the end of the year. Scott Mitchell explains why Red Bull felt the time was right to make the change, why it chose Albon over the more experienced Daniil Kvyat, and what it means for Red Bull's second seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2020
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  • Stefan Kurcubic
    Stefan Kurcubic 13 hours ago

    Well, Gasly is a teammate to one of the best drivers right now and one that can be on pair with Hamilton in the future. And if he gets a chance to drive for the best teams, maybe even better. So the only thing wrong about Gasly is that he is competing against the best. Its the same with Bottas. He is not a bad driver if you look at his times and stats, but if you compare him to Hamilton, he is no where close. Albon will maybe have better chances, and they wont give the seat to Kvyat yet, as that would be his second chance, and he is not good enough right now. Maybe Albon does something great, maybe not. I think RB are sure that Max will stay for next season, they are just trying to find the best driver no2 in the house.

  • gonzalo gallego
    gonzalo gallego Day ago

    I'd like to see alonso

  • menon koonjul
    menon koonjul Day ago

    Pascal Werhlein everyone has forgotten for the wrong reasons

  • Joël Tamboer
    Joël Tamboer Day ago

    Nyck de vries along side max

  • LeSemiya
    LeSemiya Day ago


  • Simon E
    Simon E Day ago +1

    As much as we all wanted to see Kvyat next to Max, I wish the best to Albon

  • Mayur Raut
    Mayur Raut Day ago

    I would like to see DAniel Ricciardo

  • Alan Johnson
    Alan Johnson Day ago

    Ricciardo back to RB and let him and Verstappen race - extremely interesting scenario.

  • Kuma Kaori
    Kuma Kaori Day ago

    Aha, Albon's trial run to see who partners max for 2020, does seem to make the most sense. If he isn't up to snuff, they'll swap in Kvyat...

  • Terry Grygiel
    Terry Grygiel Day ago

    Bring back Ricciardo

  • Mikael Meulenbeld

    Kubica still faster than gasly

  • James Milne
    James Milne Day ago

    Why not pluck Hartley out of the dust bin and let him do what he can do?

  • R K
    R K Day ago

    no need for a vid he's rubbish

  • irakli kh
    irakli kh 2 days ago

    I'm fan of Gasly but he is too slow ... yes he was good in tr but in rbr too slow

  • Dylan Kumar
    Dylan Kumar 2 days ago

    This 4 and a half min video could've been summed up in 2 words "Gasly's Shit"

  • reon barrett
    reon barrett 2 days ago

    nothing to lose

  • TheMrBennito
    TheMrBennito 2 days ago

    it's a mental issue combined with a questionable team performance for the 2nd RB seat

  • Diamond Leo
    Diamond Leo 2 days ago

    Here's What's happening : Verstappen will stay along side Sainz.

  • Wanda Torre
    Wanda Torre 2 days ago

    That's a big negative ghost rider. Albon will not do better then Gasly. Since Albon will still serve as a test car to develop Max's car. If Red Bull upgraded the cars evenly I'd say that you'd see better results from Gasly.

  • Leroy Creemers
    Leroy Creemers 2 days ago

    im just here to get the answer and still havnt got anny

  • Graham
    Graham 2 days ago +1

    It will be very interesting to see how Albon gets on. It's always possible that Max is simply that good and that Gasly was showing what the Red Bull is really like.

  • Marcus Whyte
    Marcus Whyte 2 days ago +1

    I hope that Kevin Magnussen will be Verstappen's teammate in 2020! 🔥❤

  • Dannny Mooren
    Dannny Mooren 3 days ago +1

    en terecht had 3 races eerder moeten gebeuren Gasly AU REVOIR 👍

  • Dehy
    Dehy 3 days ago

    3:50 "who Red Bull thinks is the best driver at the moment"
    I might be biased because I'm also Dutch, but yes, best driver by far!

  • bowlchamps37
    bowlchamps37 3 days ago

    Red Bull wants to in obviously. And they want a good teammate. I like the move. Gasly has shown that he is not good enough to challenge at least Ferrari for 2nd place in the constructors. Can it ruin Albon. Yes. But RB after the season knows where it´s at. And a driver worth the cockpit next to Max can deal with it, even a young one. Max and Charles have shown it.

  • Zoran Milosavljevic
    Zoran Milosavljevic 3 days ago

    Since Red Bull owes its newfound pace to Honda they should put Kamui Koybashi in the second car if not him it should be a Japanese driver.

  • xevious2501
    xevious2501 3 days ago

    Well you can say his performance has been Gastly

  • Simon Haan
    Simon Haan 3 days ago

    Kimi 😁

  • Braden Wells
    Braden Wells 3 days ago

    Bring back Ricardo

  • Kaiserlos T
    Kaiserlos T 3 days ago

    Definitely Gasly is shit as ant french driver, the only mistake was promoting him in the first place. Albon is good but Kvyat would perform much better.

  • Runwulf Herut
    Runwulf Herut 3 days ago

    Red Bull is right!

  • Perry Richardson
    Perry Richardson 3 days ago

    Red Bull Should Have Snatched up Esteban Ocon after 2018 Unfunded but shockingly quick and cool headed.

  • Brandon Mann
    Brandon Mann 3 days ago

    daniel riccardo

  • jptothetree
    jptothetree 3 days ago

    Get some, Albon!!!

  • Henry B.
    Henry B. 3 days ago

    Beitske Visser in the Red Bull and Jamie Chadwick in the Williams

    EUROPEAN GOLD 3 days ago

    Ocon or Di Resta would have been better fits

  • Britishbomber 1
    Britishbomber 1 3 days ago

    2 words send it

  • Alaminxlr8
    Alaminxlr8 3 days ago

    Bring ric back to red bull

  • Kelly
    Kelly 3 days ago +3

    I'd like to see Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull. He's a great driver who's lacking a good car.

    • Graham
      Graham Day ago

      @Rientzzz - I'm sure you're right. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if someone is being funny or being stupid though.

    • Rientzzz
      Rientzzz 2 days ago

      @Graham I think Kelly knows ;)

    • Graham
      Graham 2 days ago

      I hope that is a sarcastic comment, or didn't you know where Daniel drove from 2014-2018?

  • BBQ reunie
    BBQ reunie 4 days ago

    Kvyat for 2020 next to Max, he derserves it I believe.

  • Nick Stevenson
    Nick Stevenson 4 days ago +20

    I’m very happy Alex is getting his chance in the Red Bull, I’m sure he is going to adapt really well. Good luck boy.

  • Eugene Musumba
    Eugene Musumba 4 days ago

    I think it's a bad decision, it's albon's first year in formula 1 he , he has very little experience with F1 cars and general F1 operations, although his progress has been impressive, they should let him stay at torro rosso for at least the rest of the season so that he can get better accustomed to formula 1 before piling on him the pressure of contending with Max Verstappen and adapting to a new car .

  • Pablo Hendriks
    Pablo Hendriks 4 days ago

    How does it work with the manufacturer and drivers championship when a driver gets swapped mid season?

  • Mesque
    Mesque 4 days ago

    Give Kubica real F1 car....just for one session!

  • 262nuts
    262nuts 4 days ago


  • Visvesh Narayan
    Visvesh Narayan 4 days ago

    They could've solved this by signing Ocon for the rest of this season and dropping Gasly.

  • Shivashish Arora
    Shivashish Arora 4 days ago

    Albon is a nice driver and RedBull has taken the right decision; according to my perspective.
    However, for next year, I would enjoy to see Esteban Ocon back in F1 as a red bull driver.

    • Paul Adolfs
      Paul Adolfs Day ago

      Shivashish Arora Ocon and verstappen? No way..

  • Jim S
    Jim S 4 days ago

    Good decision....

  • Butt Rogers
    Butt Rogers 4 days ago

    Is it possible that Redbull are simply taking a gamble on Albon to give them the points to beat Ferrari this year,with the expectation of picking up Bottas for 2020?

  • Dave McRee
    Dave McRee 4 days ago

    A no brainer really.
    1. Useless
    2. Ongoing media beat up (like the whole Bottas thing) forces team to do something it could have let slide until contracts came up.
    RedbullF1: We better do something else this line of questioning will go on all damn season we'll look (moreso) like tools.

  • Dodgy Duddridge garage
    Dodgy Duddridge garage 4 days ago +3

    I personally think max is just on another level and well out performing the red bull f1 car that's why the other driver dont look as good

  • Ronald K. Wiley Jr.
    Ronald K. Wiley Jr. 4 days ago

    Smart decision. If Albon doesn't do well enough, they know kvyat is hungry for a comeback.

  • Nathan Budd
    Nathan Budd 4 days ago

    As unlikely as it is... could you imagine how it would go down if Albon was quicker than Verstappen?!

  • Woogie Harrelson
    Woogie Harrelson 4 days ago

    Gasly wins at Spa in a Toro Rosso followed by Kvyat and Albon in 3rd. Max gets lapped 6 times.

    • Paul Adolfs
      Paul Adolfs Day ago

      Woogie Harrelson and then the alarm clock went off..

  • watson956
    watson956 4 days ago +1

    I agree that RB should make a move, but I'd have thought Kvyat was the logical choice. He's 11 points ahead of Albon, with a podium. Albon hasn't performed "excellently" (as the narrator describes); he's been good, but Kvyat has been better.

    • Henry B.
      Henry B. 3 days ago +1

      they want to test Albon and see how Albon does in the Red Bull. They already have many data of Kvyat in the Red Bull, so in the end they know which driver would be the best option for the 2nd car next year. Maybe they bring Hartley back ;-)

  • awannagannaful
    awannagannaful 4 days ago

    It's simple really: if Albon performs well, they keep him, longevity proves the wisdom in the longer term investment. If he doesn't, and Kvyat continues to deliver at STR, they can take him for next year, and Albon will still have gained some senior top level experience for when the spot opens next. Personally, i would have preferred to see Kvyat and i think he deserved it more too.

  • Luke Septer
    Luke Septer 4 days ago

    I think it was a bit harsh to instantly drop gasly in the middle of his first season at red bull, but I do understand the choice of red bull as the switch might be determinative for their position in the constructors championships

  • Garrett
    Garrett 4 days ago

    It's a gamble, for sure. But I think it's definitely worth it. I wonder why Albon got it over Kyvat, but both have had excellent races. Both are able to get more out of their cars than Gasly, who's had trouble staying in the top 6 even though his car is significantly faster than the 7th fastest, on average. Taking a risky bet on a good driver will probably be better than taking a sure bet on an under-performing one.

  • Matt Jantz
    Matt Jantz 4 days ago

    If it weren't for Horner, Newey and Verstappen, I would not be a fan of RB. Marko is so full of himself.

  • Max Zhu
    Max Zhu 4 days ago

    What took redbull so long!

  • lauchstange lp
    lauchstange lp 4 days ago

    You could say the maFiA Loved Kid and Not the best driver

  • TuborgTV
    TuborgTV 4 days ago +1

    I hope to see Magnussen besidde max next season, he’s a very taken driver with a bright future in Formula 1

  • hungry panda
    hungry panda 4 days ago

    To call gasly a man is a 'yoke'

  • Verliebt
    Verliebt 4 days ago

    Albon is going to crash into verstappen 3 races in a row.

  • DailyBits
    DailyBits 4 days ago

    Albon is no better. You can't compare redbull 3 bad drivers to max. Max is near Vettel Hamilton standards. Watch this guy fail miserably

  • DJ D'Angelo
    DJ D'Angelo 4 days ago

    Daaamn i would really have loved to see Magnussen in that seat!!

  • CrowKYS
    CrowKYS 4 days ago

    Why not take kvyat, he has proven he is better

  • Henry C
    Henry C 4 days ago +1

    Hulkenberg and Max....

    • Henry B.
      Henry B. 2 days ago +1

      @Henry C Thanks C ;-)

    • Henry C
      Henry C 3 days ago +1

      @Henry B. Ah my gad - Hello 'B, Have a great day!!

    • Henry B.
      Henry B. 3 days ago +1

      exactly C , the little and big pancake ;-)

  • Jasmine
    Jasmine 4 days ago

    Great information but what a boring video this was

  • Lionel Chapis
    Lionel Chapis 4 days ago

    Christian Horner proves again he is a giant megalomaniac F1 manager. His team will just explode in flight soon like an overinflated ballon because of his stupid gambling “strategy”... sad.

  • Fadi Matta
    Fadi Matta 4 days ago

    Red Bull made the right decision of bringing Albon mid season... they will try, it it works that’s great.... if not, they have to give Alonso a chance for 2020... they will have the best 2 F1 drivers !! And pls don’t reply back by Honda won’t accept Alonso... anything is possible to win the championship!!

    • Jasmine
      Jasmine 4 days ago

      it's Spa.....can't wait to watch the sky F1 telecast. Plus, I'm sure there is a clause in Gasly's contract that has a poor performance clause in it....

  • NO WAY
    NO WAY 4 days ago

    Could it be that the phone conversation went like this?
    6:59am Gasly is walking around in his Toro Rosso Pyjamas (the Redbull pyjamas aren't arrived yet) and suddely after one minute the phone rings
    Ring Ring Ring, Gasly thinks: you know what it is vacation I pick it up, Yeah hi, hmmm sorry good morning who is this?
    Morning Pierre it is Dr. Helmut Marko, I have two messages for you one with good news and a second with bad news. Which one do you want to hear?
    Gasly: yeah give me the good news.
    Dr. Marko: you have to go immediatly to Toro Rosso the seat of Albon has become available.
    Gasly: okay great thanks Dr. Marko, but I cannot drive two cars.
    Gasly: Hmmmmmmm, can you give me the bad news?
    Phone: Klick.. tut tut tut tut tut tut.........
    Gasly: Helloooo Hellloooooooo......

  • Don Starnes
    Don Starnes 4 days ago

    Albon is the perfect choice for RB.
    Want to see Ocon side with Lewis..... unless they can get Fred (Alonso).

  • Apocalyptic Weasel
    Apocalyptic Weasel 4 days ago

    I would like to see max in a ferrari alongside charles.

  • Mahdi Heydarpour
    Mahdi Heydarpour 4 days ago

    Max and Lewis for Mercedes and Seb and Alex for Redbull and Valtteri to Ferrari in 2020

  • Jamie Liristis
    Jamie Liristis 4 days ago

    Maybe call up an old Red bull driver or was part with the team like vergne? F1 experience? Didnt get the chance? Anyone?

  • michael lavery
    michael lavery 4 days ago +1

    Don't rule out a surprise victory at Spa. Remember last year ; it was advantageous to follow a car into el rouge and overtake in the slipstream. Red bull have a great chassis for the mid part of the circuit so it could be inserting.

  • TheySeeMe Trolling
    TheySeeMe Trolling 4 days ago

    Id love to see Leclerc driving beside Verstappen...in a Ferrari F1 car

  • Matt Westover
    Matt Westover 5 days ago

    Why were Azerbaijan and Canada excluded from the qualifying gap?

  • Steffighter144
    Steffighter144 5 days ago

    Honda should give Alonso a seat at least Honda would get Karma.

    • Clara Versteeg
      Clara Versteeg 2 days ago

      Why,bringing up Alonso again? He chose himself to leave.[ several times ]?..because he was apparently bored by F1..?.He doesn't deserve to come back...,,revolving door racer".! I call him.... Once stood up, your seat is taken...Too unreliable,to build on !! .Invest in New Talents...that is my advice......Enough choices......

  • just mr_nobody
    just mr_nobody 5 days ago

    I like dan and max better than anyone else

  • Ryan Dingle
    Ryan Dingle 5 days ago

    Albon will be good.

  • GlamGuy
    GlamGuy 5 days ago

    Put KIMI in that spot next year !

  • The Matrix Weave
    The Matrix Weave 5 days ago

    Not really a shock I called it at the start of the season also I was surprised they got him, in the first place

  • Cassie
    Cassie 5 days ago

    I'm with Red bull on this decision. Max-kvyat would've been a very competitive duo. They need Max to be their first driver. Albon is a perfect fit for a second driver

  • Bandit Darville
    Bandit Darville 5 days ago +1

    If Albon doesn't perform as they would like, i'd still consider Kvyat as a good alternative for next season.

  • Hounslow Parks
    Hounslow Parks 5 days ago

    Could it just be Verstappen is really on it this year?

  • Nick Acton
    Nick Acton 5 days ago

    When I heard about this a few days ago I thought, best decision ever. Albon hmmm not a bad choice but who else can you put in there....Kyvat, I think not! Go Albon! plus at least it's Spa.....can't wait to watch the sky F1 telecast. Plus, I'm sure there is a clause in Gasly's contract that has a poor performance clause in it....

  • Luuk Marten Huernink

    Great information but what a boring video this was

  • Deividas Bernotas
    Deividas Bernotas 5 days ago

    I really hope Gasly focuses on the sport and recovers. I really liked cheering him on in his rookie season, it’s been hard this year

  • Lars
    Lars 5 days ago

    I would love to see Bottas or Vettel alongside Verstappen.. maybe even Hulkenberg because they get along very well.

  • Gaming Wolf
    Gaming Wolf 5 days ago

    Why Albon? I mean it’s Daniil Kvyat who got the podium & more points in Toro Rosso, so I don’t understand why they don’t re-promote Kvyat

  • Yusof Sarangani
    Yusof Sarangani 5 days ago

    Red bull should Be careful of what they wish for. If Albon magically star catching up to Max, and they start another teammates tit-for-tat like what Max and Riccardo did. It'll be nightmare for red bull all over again.

  • Stephen Lee
    Stephen Lee 5 days ago

    Their is nothing to lose. It’s the right call. Gasly has a confidence problem and maybe a step back helps him too.

  • Daan van den Brink
    Daan van den Brink 5 days ago

    Alonso :)

  • Jan Stuivenberg
    Jan Stuivenberg 5 days ago +1

    I like to see Sebastiaan Vettel return to Red Bull in 2020.

  • Ptao Tom
    Ptao Tom 5 days ago

    I hope Kvyat gets the seat for next season

  • Impala Barn
    Impala Barn 5 days ago

    Kvyat should have got 2nd chance

  • Jeff Ramos
    Jeff Ramos 5 days ago

    Why not El Torpedo tho?

  • Very Obvious m8
    Very Obvious m8 5 days ago

    I don’t think the “risk is very high”. They have the luxury of checking out if Albon is a good fit. Perhaps switch Kvyat in for a couple races end of season if this isn’t a perfect fit.
    Championship run next year...

    • Ptao Tom
      Ptao Tom 5 days ago

      Mercedes and Ferrari!