Not according to Marko himself.
The Gasly that showed raw speed and overtaking skill back in 2018 failed to materialise this year in the RedBull. Marko will always ensure that RedBull have the fastest combination of drivers it can and its been abundantly clear that Gasly is lacking behind his team mate.
What also didn’t help Gasly much is the fact that Alex Albon has been flying in the sister team Torro Rosso, grabbing the attention of the paddock and earning a little star with Helmut Marko. His performances all but gave Marko the option to switch drivers around. The question is – If Alex wasn’t performing so well, would a switch have happened in the first place?
“I am optimistic that Albon is at the right level. Frankly, it came somewhat unexpectedly that he would perform well in his first year. In addition, he makes convincing strides with every race,” Marko told Japanese site Autosport Web.
“Since Alex’s contract only covers the last nine races and nothing has been decided yet about who will be Max’s teammate next year; Alex could race and grow without feeling extra pressure.”
Kvyat was never in the picture for the move either, as Marko’s plan was firmly pinned on Alex. “I think Albon is better. We know the speed of Kvyat, we can say that he has become a more complete driver, however, based on all factors, we chose Alex.” Said Marko.
Though Albon has impressed in Torro Rosso, Gasly achieved the same thing last year. Will Alex Albon maintain his performances with RedBull or fall short like Gasly? Time will tell.