Alex Albon might have lost his seat at Red Bull for the 2021 F1 season but he's still ready to step in to anybody's seat should the opportunity arise.
The Thai driver will spend the year as a reserve driver for Red Bull and their sister outfit AlphaTauri after being replaced in the main race team by Sergio Perez. But with the continued uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, Albon could still take to the grid should any driver not be able to race.
"I’ll be going to pretty much every race now, flyaways and European races, a lot of trackside support on the simulator but also just being there," Albon told F1.com. "Obviously with Covid sticking around you have to play it safe in some regards, so and yeah I’m here, I’m fit, I’m ready to take anyone’s space if they need me."
Albon has already been working hard to help Red Bull get the most out of their 2021 car, the RB16B, and has been able to utilise his experience of last year's model to focus on areas for improvement.
"RB16B has kind of been my winter project a little bit, doing a lot of stuff with the sim," the reserve driver explained. "Of course, last year’s car had its difficulties and [we are] just kind of ironing them out, making sure we can hit the floor running this year. It’s been nice to translate a lot of stuff we’ve done has made it onto the car so it shows all the hard work we’ve done is paying off."
Whilst Albon won't be on the Formula 1 grid in 2021 barring any issues for the main team drivers, the Thai driver will still be busy in the coming year. As well as reserve driver duties, he is also set to compete in DTM, where he will race an AlphaTauri-liveried Ferrari.