Toro Rosso's latest driver recruit Alexander Albon says that he knows he must perform straight away if he is to keep his seat in Formula 1, thanks to the cut-throat nature of the sport, but more specifically the Red Bull driver programme.
The Anglo-Thai driver is the least experienced on the grid, with his first run in a Formula 1 car being the filming day he completed in Misano just before testing began.
However, he gained strong mileage over the course of the first week of testing, driving the car at two of the four days of running.
Asked whether he was assured that he would be given time to develop, he said: “No not really. On my side, I think Red Bull work in quite a simple mindset that you have to perform when you have to perform.
"That’s always been the culture in Red Bull. That’s always been the culture in Toro Rosso. I’m fully aware of what’s needed. I’m used to the process.”
The rookie had a contract with Nissan to race with them in Formula E for three years, but Red Bull made sure he was released from this. Albon expressed his shock at receiving the call:
“It was a little bit of a shock. There were rumours, of course back then it still wasn’t as… there were rumours but nothing really was done at that point. It was just rumours.
“People saw how things were unfolding and presumed it to be more ahead than anything. It was nice to receive that call. It’s almost a no regret mindset, where you’ve got to do it [Formula 1 over Formula E]. That’s always been my dream.
“If things didn’t work out, things didn’t work out. But I was confident that if things didn’t work out I’d find other things to do.”