Albon was dropped by the senior Crimson Bull outfit over the winter for failing to constantly match teammate Max Verstappen over the course of the 2020 season, with ex-Racing Level driver Sergio Perez employed as his alternative.
Not like his predecessors Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, who had been positioned on the then-Toro Rosso workforce following their demotions from Crimson Bull Racing, Albon hasn’t but been given a second alternative in F1 at what’s now AlphaTauri.
As a substitute, the Thai driver will contest chosen rounds of the new-look DTM sequence in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 in 2021 whereas remaining in F1 as a reserve/take a look at driver for each the Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri groups.
The 25-year-old acquired his first correct style of a GT3 automotive earlier this month on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, earlier than getting extra working underneath his belt within the official pre-season take a look at at Hockenheim this week.
Whereas success within the DTM would enhance his profile, Albon insists the first goal of his programme is to remain race-fit, and he doesn’t see the sequence as a way to return to grand prix racing.
Requested by Motorsport.com how he can utilise his DTM race outings to earn an F1 comeback in 2022, Albon stated: “To be sincere not a lot. On my function, it’s extra about doing my job one of the best I can within the championship itself.
“Numerous the Formulation 1 stuff might be slightly extra right down to how different drivers are performing and whether or not there are alternatives on that aspect of issues. However sure, there’s not a lot requirement right here.
“Numerous it’s right down to the way it works with BoP [in the DTM]. So long as I do my job on my aspect….After all, my function additionally within the reserve driver, simulator duties and testing, that may be a a lot greater function [in getting back to F1].”
Albon might be one of many three former grand prix drivers on the 2021 DTM grid alongside Timo Glock (Rowe Racing BMW) and Christian Klien, the latter solely signing up for a component marketing campaign in a McLaren with JP Motorsport.
Requested if he noticed sportscar racing as a viable long-term possibility, Albon stated: “Critically [speaking], not likely. I imply it’s good for now. It retains me sharp, it retains me racing match, in the event you can name it.
“However I nonetheless need to [be in F1]. If F1 wouldn’t work out then some type of…we’ll see. It’s undoubtedly not one thing I’d say 100% no to.”
Albon defined that he needed to readjust his braking factors for GT3 equipment, admitting that his previous F1 expertise meant he has been “overdriving” the Ferrari.
“GT racing basically is completely different,” the 25-year-old stated. “Eau Rogue is certainly not as flat as I assumed it might be. However it’s a studying curve.
“I do get pleasure from it, it’s a unique problem and a very completely different driving model. To start with, numerous it was simply overdriving since you type of have this muscle reminiscence of the best way to do some corners and the best way to drive, and it’s virtually like restarting that course of.
“However on the finish of the day it’s a automotive. It has a steering wheel, it has pedals and you may adapt to it fairly rapidly. It feels okay. After all there’s nonetheless time on the desk on the best way to drive it. However no, I’m having fun with it.”
Alex Albon, AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
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