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Marko: Albon was a little lucky to be fifth but it is still great

Red Bull’s rookie Alex Albon has received a resounding thumbs up and now secured the full public backing of Helmut Marko after his impressive debut for the team at the Belgian Grand Prix.

After the tragedy and drama of the race at Spa-Francorchamps, Christian Horner said Albon had a “very good start” to his stint with the senior team, after replacing the struggling Pierre Gasly.

And now, Red Bull’s notoriously tough driver manager, Marko, also endorsed the rookie when he told ORF. “He was great on the soft tyres, overtaking many people in a great way.

“Alexander was not able to have the pace that we should have on the straights and we tried to remedy that with the radio, but we did not fully understand each other to make the necessary changes,” he added.

“But especially at the end of the race against Ricciardo, Albon was really great. Of course, he was a little lucky to be fifth, but it is still great,” added Marko.