What Red Bull is risking with its driver bombshell - F1

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Red Bull will replace French driver driver Pierre Gasly with Alexander Albon for the rest of the season.

In a statement, Red Bull said: 'The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020'.

Albon - who was signed up to the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 - has accrued 16 points in his maiden season in the championship with a best-placed sixth in the German Grand Prix.

The switch-around marks a meteoric rise for Albon, who was racing in Formula Two a year ago and seemed destined for a future with Nissan in the all-electric Formula E series before Red Bull stepped in.

The Dutchman did previously have a clause in his Red Bull contract which would allow him to leave the team if they did not meet certain performance criteria due to the new, untested partnership with Honda.

His demotion means Toro Rosso now have two drivers rejected by Red Bull, with Russian Daniil Kvyat also promoted and demoted and then dropped entirely before being given a second chance.

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He says he hopes to be able to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championships. The 2019 BMW Championship is a PGA Tour event slated for August 15-18, at Medinah Country Club, in Medinah, Illinois.

'Everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing looks forward to welcoming Alex to the team and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career'. He sits in fifth place with 132 points, 69 points ahead of the 23-year-old Frenchman, and he has scored 75 points in the last six races alone.

Christian Horner has revealed that he has had no discussions with Toto Wolff about the prospect of Max Verstappen leaving Red Bull to join Mercedes.

Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon of Thailand steers his vehicle during the second Formula One practice session at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, July 26, 2019.

In Formula 1's "silly season" rumours circulate about where drivers will end up the following campaign and beyond, and even the best drivers on the grid are not immune to the speculation.

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