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Alexander Albon

Alex Albon to compete in DTM during 2021 season

Alexander Albon

Alex Albon will compete in German GT3 series DTM during the 2021 season after losing his Red Bull Formula 1 drive.

The 24-year-old finished seventh in the drivers’ standings during his first full season with the team, finishing on the podium twice.

He was out-qualified by his teammate Max Verstappen at every Grand Prix though and failed to provide the Dutchman support in his battles against the Mercedes on a regular enough basis.

It was announced last month that Albon would be replaced by former Racing Point driver Sergio Perez, with the Thai racer set to fulfil a test and reserve role.

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However, it has now been confirmed that the former DAMS driver will compete in DTM “whenever his Formula 1 duties allow”.

“Alex Albon is a young, ambitious driver and an outstanding gain for the DTM,” said DTM boss Gerhard Berger.

Albon will drive alongside fellow Red Bull driver academy prospect Liam Lawson in a two-car Red Bull-branded entry.

Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko added: “The DTM with a high-class field and GT3 sports cars is an interesting platform and a real challenge, both for successful race drivers like Alex Albon as for our Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson.”

DTM switched from a touring cars format to GT3 cars ahead of the 2021 season and will run nine two-race events across the year.