Alex Albon and Liam Lawson will race in the 2021 DTM season with the support of Red Bull when the master of the German Touring Car Championship switches to a GT3 car.
Albon became Max Verstappen’s teammate in the Red Bull F1 team in August 2019 when Milton Keynes’s outfit demoted Pierre Guthrie to Scuderia AlphaTauri. Thai drivers performed promising on their first outing with the team, but couldn’t catch up with the Dutch in 2020.
Following this problematic season for the 24-year-old driver, Red Bull decided to replace Arbon with Sergio Perez at the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. A team owned by an energy drink company has announced that Albon will participate in selected DTM races as long as F1’s mission as a test, exchange and simulator driver allows. Red Bull will later see who Albon will replace during the 2021 DTM season.
The second Red Bull cockpit is driven by 18-year-old New Zealander Liam Lawson. In short, the Red Bull Junior Team’s rank talent races at the DTM in a powerful GT sports car. First time in a new season. The team has not yet confirmed which team to work with the sports car brand.
#DTMnews F1 driver @alex_albon And young @ LiamLawson30 Race with DTM @ Red Bull backing. Albon will participate in selected races as long as his F1 mission as a test and replacement driver allows. The driver to replace Albon will be announced at a later date. pic.twitter.com/n8my9KOMme
— DTM (@DTM) January 4, 2021
Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsports consultant, said of the announcement: “With a luxury field and GT3 sports car, the DTM is an interesting platform and a real challenge for both successful race drivers like Alex Albon and Red. Bull Junior driver Liam Lawson.”
“Formula 1 drivers like Alex Albon, DTM stars like three-time champion René Rast, GT Professional, young talents like Liam Lawson-this was mixed as I wanted in the 2021 DTM season. It’s a luxury driver. It’s also perfect that former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has already submitted a DTM entry with his team, “said Gerhard Berger himself, a former Formula 1 DTM driver. Says.
Burger is targeting a powerful field in the new era of the DTM Championship. “My big goal is 20 cars with at least 5 brands, strong drivers, and the title race for the final race. Alex Albon’s participation in DTM is yet another important step in this direction. “He said.
Albon racing at DTM in 2021
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