Dr Helmut Marko says “psychological problems” caused Pierre Gasly to lose his Red Bull seat.
“I think Albon is the better choice,” said Marko
“We know Daniil’s speed already. As a driver he is now fully prepared after his time at Ferrari, but after analysing all the factors, we chose Alex.”
“I don’t think he will be a second Gasly,” he said. “When we put him (Albon) there, we did not expect him to have the speed that he has in fact shown race by race.
“No one knows who will be Verstappen’s teammate next year, so Albon has the opportunity to perform and develop without any pressure in these nine races.”
“I thought Gasly was mentally strong,” said Marko.
“But the best explanation for his crisis is psychological problems.
“Until this season, Pierre had good racing and qualifying pace, and no problems with overtaking. But this year, he showed none of those qualities.
“He also felt responsible for the accidents in the tests, so that was already on his mind even before the start of the season,” he added.