Spectulation set up over Albon’s destiny because the motive force he changed in 2019, Pierre Gasly, gained a whirlwind Italian Grand Prix at Monza, as Albon has struggled to fit contemporary group mate Max Verstappen. But in advance of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, Horner doubled down on his desire to hold this line-up of Albon and Verstappen for 2021, mainly after the former’s podium in Tuscany.

“To get that first podium, and he had to do it the hard way – Daniel [Ricciardo]’s one of the hardest racers on the track, to pass him outside of Turn 1 as he did – it was a great performance from him and I think you can already see him walking a little bit taller,” said Horner on Friday at Sochi.

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