Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner says Alexander Albon enjoyed his “strongest collective weekend of the season” as he finished fourth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Albon settled into fourth behind the two Mercedes drivers after the early Safety Car period.

Albon managed to apply pressure on Hamilton in the closing laps, ultimately finishing 1.6s behind him.

Horner praised Albon for his performance throughout the whole weekend but gave no details on when a decision would be made by Red Bull to who partners Max Verstappen in 2021.

“Alex has done a very good job today,” Horner said. “It’s probably been his strongest collective weekend of the season. He’s driven a good race, he was putting Lewis under pressure at the end there and that now gives us a complete set of information now to go away and analyse it and work out what we’re going to do.”

Reflecting on the race, Albon admits he should have pushed too late when trying to catch Hamilton for third.

“A great result,” Albon said. “The car has been very good all weekend. It was a couple of laps maybe we could have got past. It was just tricky. I struggled a bit at the beginning of the hard tyre and I thought ‘these guys are going quick’ and when I knew how many laps I had to do on them I was probably a bit too safe and had a bit too much juice left at the end. It was a good weekend from me and obviously a good moment.”

With regards to his F1 future, he added: “I don’t know. I wouldn’t know. On my side, all it was was to have a good weekend and go home now, Christmas with the family and we will see!”

 

 

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