Team boss Franz Tost does not think he will see Alexander Albon again at Toro Rosso. The Austrian expects the British Thai to be teammate of Max Verstappen after this season at Red Bull Racing.
"I fear that we have lost him, although you never know how it goes in Formula 1," the 63-year-old Tost told Reuters news agency on Thursday.
Albon was promoted to Red Bull exactly one month ago, where he is Pierre Gasly's replacement. The Frenchman had a very disappointing first half year with the top team and was returned to Toro Rosso.
Tost does not feel resentment. "I would only complain if Red Bull were to record drivers from outside, then we would have a serious problem. As long as our drivers are good enough, it's fine," he says.
The 23-year-old Albon had a great start to his time at Red Bull. He finished fifth in the Belgian Grand Prix and finished sixth in Italy last Sunday.
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"Promotion Abon is the best scenario"
For Tost, the promotion of Albon, which runs at least until the end of this Formula 1 season for Red Bull, is a compliment for the work delivered by satellite team Toro Rosso.
"I am more than happy with this. It makes me feel good when a rider goes to Red Bull and wins races there. That is the best scenario, because then we know that we have done our homework."
The season continues next Sunday with the Grand Prix of Singapore on a circuit that is good for Red Bull. Furthermore, this year there will be racing in Russia, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Albon's teammate Max Verstappen won the Grands Prix of Austria and Germany in the first half of the season, was on the podium five times in total and is the number three behind the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the World Cup.
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