(Motorinformed.com) – Alex Albon sees his involvement in the DTM 2021 more as a transition point that will not play a decisive role in a possible return to Formula 1. When asked what good results in the DTM would mean in the fight for a new Formula 1 cockpit, Albon told the English edition of ‘Motorsport.com’: “To be honest, not very much. For me, it’s about the best possible Job to do. “
Alex Albon wants to return to Formula 1 as a regular driver
Albon had lost his cockpit in the Red Bull Formula 1 team to Sergio Perez after the 2020 season, but was nominated as a substitute driver by the Austrian-British team. Red Bull donated the DTM as a racing program, where the Thai driver will drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 entered by AF Corse whenever his Formula 1 obligations allow.
Because of this part-time program, Albon will not play a decisive role in the championship. And in general he doesn’t believe that with performances in the DTM he can recommend himself to return to Formula 1 as a regular driver.
Role as an F1 substitute more important than the DTM
“As far as Formula 1 is concerned, it probably depends primarily on how other drivers fare and what opportunities arise,” he says. “A lot here depends on how the BoP works. My role as a reserve driver, the tasks in the simulator and in tests play a far greater role [bei einer möglichen Rückkehr in die Formel 1]. “
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This return to Formula 1 is the big goal for the 25-year-old. Albon can therefore currently not imagine a long-term involvement in the DTM. “Not really, to be honest,” he says. “At the moment it suits me, I stay in shape and can race. But I want to go back [in die Formel 1]. If that doesn’t work, you have to see. I don’t want to rule it out one hundred percent [in der DTM zu bleiben]. “
First of all, Albon is faced with the challenge of converting from Formula 1 to GT3 cars. This is not that easy, as Albon discovered on his first drive in the Ferrari during a private test in Spa-Francorchamps. “GT racing is completely different. Eau Rouge certainly didn’t go as fast as I would have thought,” he says. “But that’s part of the learning process.”
GT3 car only run over at the beginning
In the meantime, Albon is increasingly making friends with his new sports equipment. “I enjoy it. It’s a new challenge and requires a completely different style of driving,” he explains.
“At the beginning I have [das Auto] only run over because my muscles remembered certain curves. In a way, you have to start all over again, “says Albon.” Ultimately, however, it’s just a car. It has a steering wheel, pedals, and you can quickly adjust to it. “