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The risk and reward of the F1 mid-season driver swap

Red Bull has decided to roll the dice on its driver line-up at the mid-way point of the 2019 Formula 1 season by swapping Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon from the Belgium Grand Prix. Despite being an infrequent occurrence, mid-season driver changes are not unheard of in F1. While some have inspired great success, others have flopped spectacularly. We take a look at some recent examples that worked and those that failed to pay off… Two good Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat – 2016 After a difficult start to the 2016 season for Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull sent shockwaves through the F1 paddock by promoting its protégé Max Verstappen to the senior squad four races into his second season in...
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