James Key is a potential "new Newey", according to a former F1 driver.
"Adrian Newey is pretty much done," he told the Dutch publication Formule 1.
"At Red Bull, they have to build for the future. I see Key as the new Newey.
"Key is the kind of guy who needs a bit of guidance, but at the end of the day it's about how good the car is. And I think he's a talent - really a genius.
"He can certainly continue to grow in his role as technical director," Albers added.
Key has previously also worked for Toro Rosso and Sauber, but Albers thinks he is currently in a good place with McLaren.
"If he doesn't get a significantly better offer from a top team like Ferrari, I think he will stay there," he said.
"But I am very curious to see how he goes in a top team. What can he do with more budget and people? I think a lot."