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F1 2019: Burning questions over Pierre Gasly-Alexander Albon bombshell that shocked F1

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Red Bull dropped a bombshell on Formula 1 just a week into the summer break, with Alexander Albon promoted to the senior team in the place of Pierre Gasly.

Everyone could see Gasly had struggled to adapt to the big move, but the team remained adamant they would stick with the Frenchman until the end of the season.

However, it took just eight days after the Hungarian Grand Prix before Gasly was demoted to Toro Rosso, with Albon — a driver with just 12 Grands Prix to his name — getting the call.

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Supercars 2019 news: David Reynolds, Penrite Racing, Anton De Pasquale, The Bend Motorsport Park

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The next round of the championship at The Bend Motorsport Park will provide another litmus test for Penrite Racing and David Reynolds, who toiled through a “s***house” weekend in Ipswich.

Still seeking his first win of the season, Reynolds and the Holden squad hit a snag following a good run of form across the Winton, Darwin and Townsville events, the latter of which saw the Holden driver break through for a pole position.

In Ipswich, Reynolds qualified eighth and finished 10th on the Saturday, before slumping to 21st on Sunday after having to pit to meet to meet fuel-drop requirements.

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F1 news 2019: Renault F1 team, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg

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Nearly a fortnight into the summer break, Formula 1 teams have had a chance to reflect on a turbulent first 12 races of the season.

In many ways, it has been normal transmission resumed for Mercedes, with the Silver Arrows boasting 10 wins, eight pole positions and a comfortable lead in the constructors’ standings. A year-on-year view of Mercedes’ points haul has the team 27 percent up on their efforts to this point 12 months ago, with the team’s 438 points 93 better off than last year.

However, the same couldn’t be said for some teams, including Ferrari, with the Scuderia 14 percent down (288 points vs. last season’s 335) on last year. Racing Point (down 47 percent) are in the aftershock of wholesale administrative change, while Williams (down 75 percent) are riding the waves of being the slowest team in a budget-less sport.

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F1 news 2019: Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing drivers

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Red Bull’s announcement that Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon are swapping seats may not have completely surprised a Formula 1 paddock well used to sudden movements in the driver market, yet it still had appeared that Gasly was set for at least a stay of execution beyond the summer break.

But events in Hungary two weeks ago, when Red Bull lost a big chance to score a double podium on one of their most competitive weekends of the year as a lapped Gasly trailed in behind both Ferraris and one McLaren, appears to have proved the tipping point.

“Red Bull had to do something and take action if they want to beat Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship,” says Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle.

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