Lando Norris believes that Alex Albon losing his seat at Red Bull shows just how much of a “hard world” it is to be a driver in Formula 1.
The Thai racer was replaced by Sergio Perez at the end of the 2020 season after a disappointing campaign, where he finished seventh in the drivers’ championship, 109 points adrift of his teammate Max Verstappen.
Albon has spent just two seasons in the sport and will now act as a reserve driver for Red Bull, while also driving for a new AlphaTauri-branded team in DTM.
Norris and Albon raced against each other in the junior categories, finishing second and third respectively in 2018 F2 standings, and the young Brit revealed that while they are friends, they have not discussed the situation at Red Bull.
“It’s a shame he lost his seat but I’m sure he’s going to do everything he can to fight back and get back into F1,” Norris said. “He’s a very good driver.
“I’m sorry for him. Formula 1 can be a very hard world and we’re seeing that again.
“He beat everyone in all the junior categories, but once you’re in F1 it’s all different, just a bit more competitive. It can be a very unfair world.
“You can lose your spot just like that and it’s all over as quickly as it started I don’t know what to say about it, I like Alex and have a lot of respect for him.
“It’s difficult because we’re good friends. We get along well and have always had good conversations, although we haven’t actually talked much about Red Bull.”