Alexander Albon made a good impression on Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Thai finished fourth at the Yas Marina Circuit.
"Alex has done very well," said Horner, who, in conjunction with the Red Bull leadership, will have to decide in the coming weeks about the position of the youngster whose contract has expired.
"Had the race lasted a few more laps, he could probably have overtaken Hamilton and finished third. I think it was his strongest Grand Prix weekend yet. It gives us new information to analyze. In the coming period we will take stock, "said Horner at
Albon conceded about twenty seconds to winner Verstappen.
Valtteri Bottas finished second and Lewis Hamilton completed the podium.
Albon closed the gap to Hamilton in the final phase, but did not have the opportunity to attack the seven-time champion.
Result GP Abu Dhabi
1. Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Bottas (Mercedes) +15.976
3. Hamilton (Mercedes) +18.415
4. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) +19.987
5. Norris (McLaren) +1.00,729
6. Sainz (McLaren) +1.05.662
7. Ricciardo (Renault) +1.13.748 (fastest lap)
8. Gasly (AlphaTauri) +1.29,718
9. Ocon (Renault) +1.41,069
10. Stroll (Racing Point) +1.42.738
Albon: 'Car felt good all weekend'
Albon, which has been under constant fire this season due to disappointing results, is going winter with a good feeling.
"The car was very good all weekend. For me the race ended just too early, otherwise I would have caught Hamilton. Anyway, all in all it was a great Grand Prix for me."
Verstappen's teammate does not yet know what his future will look like.
"We are waiting," continued Albon, who joined Red Bull halfway through last season.
"For my part it was at least a good weekend to end with. I'm going home now to my family and we'll see."
Albon finished seventh in the championship standings with 105 points.
Sergio Pérez (fourth with 125 points), Daniel Ricciardo (fifth with 119 points) and Carlos Sainz (sixth with 105 points) all finished higher than the former Formula 2 driver.
See also: Watch the final positions in the World Cup, with Verstappen in third place