- Oct 25, 2017
Gasly replaced by Albon at Red Bull Racing. Gasly goes back to STR.
Not surprising, sucks for Gasly but this is the top tier of motor racing and if your team mate is winning races and lapping you, you're asking to be dropped. He had half a season to sort himself out.
I think Budapest changed that chance completely. Like if Gasly would have been within 20 seconds of Lewis in third, which realistically should have been possible. RB would've won the race. But since he couldn't even overtake a McLaren.. well.
Melbourne is okay for racing but doesn't produce a fun race to watch normally. Bahrain isn't that fun to race on but due to the long straights is normally at least an okay race to watch. My favourite tracks to race in the game are probably Suzuka, USA, Silverstone, Monza, Hungary. Its only really Monaco and Baku I don't enjoy racing in the game, the rest are okay at least. Suzuka and USA are the standouts for sure though, so damn fun. Silverstone used to be a standout as well but the new sector 1 isn't that great.Ok, turning off corner assist and just using 30 minutes practice around Bahrain and I'm finally getting the hang of the game. As I only started watching F1 since Austria, the game is a handy way to learn about all the circuits. Melbourne seems like a standard circuit, not bad not great. Bahrain which I just finished, seems pretty boring though. It looks like it's in the middle of nowhere, barely any atmosphere, the circuit is short with awkward corners, I can't imagine entertaining races with this one.
F1 fans: what are your favourite circuits? Do they change often? I saw headlines about Mexico and people being relieved it won't be removed from next season, so it seems like circuits do tend to change now and then?
As if that's a thing they regularly do and we should all think it's totally normal
It's all Albon needs to do. He needs to be a reliable number two driver at the moment and just pick up top 6 points, and maybe get in the way of the Ferraris and Bottas every now and then. Gasly was performing as if he was still driving a Toro Rosso around the track, instead of a Red Bull.
Yeah everyone was just as positive about Gasly at the end of last season as they are about Albon now. Doesn't take much for it to all go wrong.I think it's a mistake to promote Albon this early. I understand they didn't have a lot of choice when they did it with Gasly, but these guys need some time to adjust. When they brought up Max, it was pretty clear he was ready in terms of pure pace and he was at STR for a season and a half. Hope Alex does well, though.
If you didn't see it, make sure to watch the non-championship reverse grid race from Assen. I think it's on Youtube, and it was easily the most entertaining race of the season.
Yeah I think there is little be lost here. If Albon does well, they might get second in the constructors and have someone for the seat in 2020. If Albon does not perform better than Gasly then nothing was lost and the retain third, whilst also having gained the knowledge to not put Albon in the seat in 2020 (just yet). Which either makes room at RB for Kvyat in 2020 or an outside driver.Albon may not be ready but its not like red bull have much to lose anyway. They're third in constructors and had no chance at second with Gasly sticking around. They're obviously not going to land lower than third so why not give Albon a go and if he does well they could challenge Ferrari for second.
The only possible downside is the case Albon's not ready at all and it harms his career. But I'd argue if he can't at least do better than Gasly was doing then he never had the potential to be fighting at the very top anyway. And like I said I don't think there's much pressure on Albon, if he doesn't do that well then RB aren't losing anything anyway.
Wow. We all expected Gasly to be demoted but Red Bull still finds a way to make this absolutely savage.