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Alexander Albon is targeting a return to Formula 1 in 2022 after losing his race seat at the end of last season.

Having lost his Red Bull race seat to Sergio Perez, Albon is hoping to return to the team or its sibling outfit AlphaTauri next year.

“My main goal is to be in a Formula 1 car,” said Albon, speaking to written media including RaceFans today.

Albon remains contracted to Red Bull and will be the team’s reserve and simulator driver this year. He will also race in the DTM at events which do not coincide with grands prix. His aim is to make the case for a return to F1 in 2022.

“Firstly, the goal has to be with Red Bull,” he said. “There is not just two, there’s four seats there and my goal would be really to wait and assess how it’s going.

“Obviously, if everyone’s performing, then then you’d be able to know what the situation is. So on my side my duty is to focus on what’s going on right now, focussed on getting the best for the team, doing what I can to improve myself within the factory and with the guys. Once we can do that, then we’ll see what happens.”

He ended a tough 2020 campaign, scoring less than half the points total of team mate Max Verstappen. Albon admitted the RB16 had been a challenging car for him to get the best out of.

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“Of course I’m disappointed in it,” he said. “It is no secret that it was a difficult car. It was a difficult season for me last year. You have to take it.

“Really my response is more not so much thinking about ‘why this’ and ‘why that’ it’s more what can I do now to get back into it and and fight again.”

Previous drivers dropped by Red Bull were placed at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), such as Daniil Kvyat in 2016 and Albon’s predecessor Pierre Gasly in 2019. However the timing of Red Bull’s decision, and the arrival of newcomer Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri, made that an impossibility for Albon.

“Obviously Yuki’s had a very strong year last year so you can understand why the way it was,” said Albon. “There’s no hard feelings with that side of it.”

Albon hopes to understand what his future by mid-season. “I think by summer break you kind of understand how things are playing out,” he said. “Right now, until that point, the full effort is with Red Bull and we’ll see how it goes.”

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