Aston Martin Red Bull Racing have confirmed youngster Alex Albon for the seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2020.
While the team has had a few changes in the second seat recently, Red Bull look to be sticking with a driver for the foreseeable. He was called up in August to replace Pierre Gasly who was then demoted to the Toro Rosso sister team.
Alex scored 68 points up until now with two races remaining and finished 6th or above in every race in his new car.
Team boss Christian Horner commented:
“Alex has performed extremely well since his debut with the Team in Belgium and his results – seven finishes in the top-six – speak for themselves. It’s extremely hard to deny that level of consistency and in tandem with a growing reputation as a tenacious, fiercely committed racer, Alex has proved that he fully deserves to continue his progress with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. There is plenty of potential still to unlock and we look forward to seeing Alex alongside Max in 2020.”
Albon then added:
“I am really excited to be partnering Max again for next year and I know how fortunate I am to be given this opportunity. I’m hugely thankful that Red Bull have put their trust in me and believed in my results since I joined the Team and for them to keep me in the car next year is a big deal. This year has been an incredible year for me and getting the call up to Red Bull mid-season was already a big step, so now I will use the learnings from this season and use the experience to improve and fight at the front in 2020.”
It seems to be a fast rise to fame for the 23 year old, who only debuted in Australia this year for Toro Rosso. Of course, Red Bull are known to be ruthless in terms of swapping out drivers for lack of performance, so he has some work to do to make sure he stays at the Austrian team.