Pressure mounts on Albon's place at Red Bull Racing

Another poor showing from the Thai driver in Portugal raises questions over his future in Tilbrook
Alex Albon struggled in the pack in PortugalAlex Albon struggled in the pack in Portugal
Alex Albon struggled in the pack in Portugal

Speculation continues to swirl around the head of Alex Albon after he finished outside the points in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Albon's future beyond the end of the season is yet to be confirmed, and his struggles in the Red Bull team this season see him sitting eighth in the overall standings with 64 points, 98 points behind his team-mate Max Verstappen.

Starting sixth at Portimao, Albon could only finish 12th after a pretty anonymous drive, meaning he has picked up just one point since his podium at Mugello four races ago.

Pierre Gasly was in sensational form at PortimaoPierre Gasly was in sensational form at Portimao
Pierre Gasly was in sensational form at Portimao

The increased pressure on his place at the Tilbrook team is only amplified by the performances of the man he replaced last season - Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman continues to impress in the Alpha Tauri this season, winning his first Grand Prix at Monza, while taking a brilliant fifth place in Sunday's Portuguese race meaning he has beaten Albon in the last three races and is just a point behind the Thai driver in vastly inferior machinery.

Team boss Christian Horner admitted Albon's future will be decided in the next few weeks, with paddock rumours hinting he may be replaced by Gasly for the remainder of the season to assess the Frenchman's potential for 2021 alongside Verstappen.

Gasly was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso at the start of 2019 but lasted just 12 races before he was replaced by Albon, and though he is unlikely to take over the seat ahead of this weekend's race at Imola, also said his future is yet to be decided in the Red Bull family.