Red Bull have promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen for the remainder of the Formula One season.
The move will see Pierre Gasly return to race for Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso, alongside Daniil Kvyat.
Albon, runner-up in last year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship, has impressed in his first season in F1.
The 23-year-old British-born Thai driver has scored 16 points from 12 races, with his best result a sixth-placed finish in the rain-affected German Grand Prix.
Gasly was recruited by Red Bull as a replacement for Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo for this season but has scored just 63 points to Verstappen’s 181.
“Red Bull are in the unique position of having four talented Formula 1 drivers under contract who can be rotated between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso,” said a team statement.
“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 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing looks forward to welcoming Alex to the team and supporting him during the next phase of his F1 career.”
The next race in the F1 calendar is the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on September 1.
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Formula 1’s owners Liberty Media is in talks with Saudi Arabia about a grand prix in the Kingdom for 2021.
The Times reported on Monday that talks between Saudi officials and F1’s owner have taken place several times.
The paper suggested a Saudi race could become a reality as soon as 2021, with the schedule already expected to stretch to a record 22 races in 2020.
Formula One and the teams are discussing major sporting and technical rule changes from 2021 and Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said in Hungary at the weekend that could see an expansion to 24 races.
“If you look at 2021, at the moment we are discussing for 24 races,” said Binotto.
The Middle East already hosts two races, at Sakhir in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, with lucrative long-term contracts in place.
Saudi Arabia already features on the all-electric Formula E calendar and hosted its first race last year on a street circuit at Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh.
Lewis Hamilton staged a thrilling fightback to catch and pass Max Verstappen for victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix with three laps to go on Sunday.
And despite being passed by Hamilton with three laps to go, the Dutchman had no regrets after admitting he gave it his all.
“Yeah, I gave it all, but he was clearly a bit faster than us, and I was struggling for grip always after a few laps on a new set,” said the Red Bull man.
“It was just not our day I think in terms of pace compared to Lewis (Hamilton). But I think compared to the others we were still way faster. And I think overall it was a good weekend.
“Also looking back, to get that pole position I think it was great for us, but of course when you start on pole you want to win as well, but you also have to be realistic. Today we didn’t have Mercedes’ pace and to be second with the fastest lap is the maximum that we could do.”