Alex Albon will take Pierre Gasly’s seat at Purple Bull for the second half of the 2019 season, with Gasly transferring again to Toro Rosso.
Gasly joined Purple Bull from Toro Rosso at first of the yr however has struggled for efficiency, scoring simply 63 factors to teammate Max Verstappen’s 181. In the meantime, Albon has impressed in his debut season in F1, scoring 16 factors for Purple Bull’s junior crew Toro Rosso.
In an announcement on Monday, Purple Bull confirmed the 2 drivers would swap groups.
“Purple Bull are within the distinctive place of getting 4 proficient Method One drivers beneath contract who may be rotated between Aston Martin Purple Bull Racing and Toro Rosso,” the assertion mentioned. “The crew will use the subsequent 9 races to guage Alex’s efficiency in an effort to make an knowledgeable determination as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020.”
Purple Bull made the same change in 2016 when it dropped Daniil Kvyat from its senior crew in an effort to promote Verstappen, who received his first race with the crew in Spain. Expectations shall be stored in examine with Albon, nevertheless, because the 2019 season is his first in F1, and he was solely drafted into Toro Rosso this yr at late discover.