Let’s be honest, we were all anticipating another controversial opinion from Jacques Villeneuve about Alex Albon sooner or later. Well, the 1997 F1 World Champion has not disappointed calling Albon the “worst second driver ever” at the Red Bull team.
Speaking to Sky Italia about Albon’s recent performance at Red Bull, Villeneuve is quoted as saying that Albon is “getting worse, even though they keep trying to help him.”
It was widely reported that Albon was given a two-race ultimatum to show he was deserving of the Red Bull seat at the Portuguese and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Unfortunately for Albon, he scored some of the worst results of his career finishing 12th in Portugal and last place in Imola after a late-spin during the race.
“Albon is the worst second driver ever at Red Bull,” Villeneuve said.
“However, he is protected by the team management and always gets the confidence, but he is certainly not of the level that a Red Bull driver should have.
“He is only there through his passport, because he [Thai owner] owns half of the company and that’s why he is protected.”
The energy drinks manufacturer does have many links to Thailand, with Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschit partnering with an existing Thai energy drink supplier to launch what is now known as ‘Red Bull’ in 1984.
Villeneuve went on to say that Albon is probably still upset that he is going to be demoted, however, there is still no information on what Albon’s future will be. Does Villeneuve know something we don’t…
“He is still angry that he has to stay with AlphaTauri and therefore drives very aggressively. You can see that in his driving style, but that’s fine.”
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