Red Bull demotes Pierre Gasly, promotes Alexander Albon

MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) Red Bull Racing has demoted Pierre Gasly after just 12 races of the Formula One season and promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen.

The team says French driver Gasly will return to Toro Rosso while it uses the next nine races "to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020."

Gasly has struggled to keep up with Verstappen since being promoted from Toro Rosso at the end of last season. He has just 63 points compared to Verstappen's 181 and failed to make the podium this season.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 250 8
2 V.Bottas 188 2
3 M.Verstappen 181 2
4 S.Vettel 156 0
5 C.Leclerc 132 0
6 P.Gasly 63 0
7 C.Sainz Jr. 58 0
8 K.Raikkonen 31 0
9 D.Kvyat 27 0
10 L.Norris 24 0
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