Red Bull has pulled off another shocking mid-season move, sending one of its drivers "down" to Toro Rosso in order to gauge someone else's talents. "The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020".
"Everyone at the team looks forward to welcoming Alex and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career". Toro Rosso's line-up will now be comprised of two Red Bull racing's rejects.
Albon's Toro Rosso teammate, Kvyat, had been tipped as the more logical choice to replace Gasly as he has more experience and drove for the senior Red Bull team in 2015 and early 2016.
Albon will fill the number-two driver role for RBR next to stand-out Max Verstappen, who now has 181 points--good for third in this season's driver standings. The 23-year old has piloted that team's Honda-powered cars with aplomb, finishing sixth in the wet at the German Grand Prix in late July, and he has amassed 16 points in a lesser vehicle compared to the Aston Martin cars.
While Verstappen has won two races for Red Bull this season, Gasly did not finish in the podium in his half-year with the squad and is three places and 118 points behind his team-mate in the standings. He has scored 81 points in the last four races alone.
Gasly joined Red Bull from Toro Rosso at the start of the year but has struggled for performance, scoring just 63 points to teammate Max Verstappen's 181.
Albon, runner-up in last year's FIA Formula 2 Championship, has impressed in his first season in F1.
Want your voice heard? Albon, who was not even meant to be in F1 this season, is now thrust into what is simultaneously one of the best and worst seats in grand prix racing.