- According to Williams' newcomer Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing will still have the pace to lead the way this season.
- Albon raced alongside Max Verstappen for two years before he was replaced by Sergio Perez at Red Bull.
- He notes that Red Bull's Adrian Newey is the right person to navigate the rule changes that are coming this year.
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Red Bull Racing will still be a frontrunner for the world championship in 2022, according to departing team reserve Alex Albon who was Max Verstappen's teammate in 2019 and 2020 and is returning to the grid with Williams this year.
Albon says he observed Dutchman Verstappen's intense and ultimately successful 2021 title campaign up close from the garage, and hits back at claims Red Bull may have not put enough focus into preparing for the all-new technical rules of 2022.
The British-born Thai driver told formel1.de: "I spent 50% of my time on the 2021 car and the other 50% on the 2022 car. As the championship neared the end, the focus shifted more towards winning the world title. We then worked harder than usual around Jeddah and Abu Dhabi, but it turned out okay."
No compromises were made to win
Albon denies that Red Bull may have seriously compromised its preparations for the 2022 car by focusing so hard on the end of the 2021 campaign.
"If you can win a championship in the short term, then you have to go for it," he insisted. "But the team has been smart about it. Also, Red Bull have always been good with Adrian Newey when it comes to rule changes. They won't be in a bad position next year."
Albon struggled as Verstappen's teammate and was ultimately replaced by the much more experienced Sergio Perez last year - who also took time to get up to speed.
Perez told motorsport-magazin.com: "It would have been the same if Max had gone to Mercedes. The cars are just that different. They do very similar lap times, but the way they do those lap times is completely different. What I used to do didn't work here. So it took some time to adjust to the car but I think I really feel at home here now."
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