Norris: Albon’s Red Bull exit shows F1 can be ‘a cruel world’

Lando Norris feels “a bit sorry” for Alexander Albon after losing his Red Bull seat for 2021, but says it shows how Formula 1 can be “a cruel world sometimes”.

Norris: Albon’s Red Bull exit shows F1 can be ‘a cruel world’

Norris and Albon both graduated from F2 at the end of the 2018 season, making their F1 debuts with McLaren and Toro Rosso respectively.

Albon was promoted to Red Bull’s senior F1 squad just 12 races into the 2019 season, but was dropped at the end of last year following a difficult season that saw him struggle to match teammate Max Verstappen’s form.

Albon has taken up the role of reserve driver for the 2021 campaign after being replaced by Sergio Perez in the race seat.

Norris said that while he was yet to speak to Albon specifically about his Red Bull exit, he found it hard to see such a good driver on the sidelines, but backed the Anglo-Thai driver to bounce back.

“I’m good friends with Alex, we get along very well and we have good chats and so on,” Norris said.

“I’ve not really spoken to him that much about what’s been going on or things like that.

“I guess I feel a bit sorry, because I know he’s a very good driver, and it’s tough. It just highlights really how tough Formula 1 is.

“You can be an extremely good driver and beat almost everyone that you’ve ever raced against in all the categories, but you get to Formula 1 and it becomes that little bit more competitive.

“It’s a cruel world sometimes, and it can be over almost as quickly as it started.

“I rate Alex highly and respect him a lot, and it’s a shame that he lost his drive. But I’m sure he’ll fight back for it and try to be in Formula 1 again in the future.”

 

Albon will be tasked with focusing on Red Bull’s development of its 2022 car through this year, working in the team’s simulator and supporting the race squad.

In the same two-season period, Norris has cemented himself within the McLaren team and shown decent progression since making his debut, and is keen to continue on an upward trajectory this year.

“I do my best, and I think the people who can know that more than anyone are the people I work with - the engineers, the managers,” Norris said.

“They know the effort and the time spent, what I’m good enough in and what I’m not good enough in.

“Sometimes it’s difficult for other people to know. It’s difficult to pick up different perspectives or things that you think someone isn’t doing well enough in when you don’t always know the reason.

“Last year I was very happy with how I did. There were things for me to improve, but on the whole it was a much better season comparing to year one. There were certain parts of the season that were particularly good, and I think one of them was the last race for instance.

“I’m happy, but I know I’ve got things to work on and things to improve, and that’s only going to help me and motivate me to keep improving.”

Read Also:

shares
comments

Related video

Why Alpine faces the same junior problem as Ferrari

Previous article

Why Alpine faces the same junior problem as Ferrari

Next article

The uncertain target McLaren faces in F1 2021

The uncertain target McLaren faces in F1 2021
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Alex Albon , Lando Norris
Author Luke Smith
Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash Prime

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move

Formula 1
Apr 22, 2021
How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for 2021 Prime

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for 2021

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Formula 1
Apr 21, 2021
How "overwhelming" McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Prime

How "overwhelming" McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Prime

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments.

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Prime

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Prime

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Prime

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021