LONDON, England – Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly as Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team mate for the 2019 Belgian F1 GP on September 1 and stay there least until the end of the 2019 season.
Gasly, in turn, will take British-born Thai driver Albon’s seat at the sister team from which the 23-year-old Frenchman came before being promoted at the end of 2019.
A Red Bull media statement said: “Red Bull is in the unique position of having four talented F1 drivers who can be rotated between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance before deciding who will drive alongside Max in 2020.”
The switch, Reuters reports, will be ”a meteoric rise” for Albon, still in F2 in 2018 and looking at a seat in Nissan Formula E.
July’s German GP was Albon’s first wet F1 race.