If you’re involved in the motor sporting community then you’ll recognise this familiar name but if you aren’t; Alexander Albon is 24 year old Thai-British Racing Driver who drives under the Thai flag in Formula One with Red Bull Racing. Albon has had a rough couple of years during his racing career but it was all worth it for a seat in Formula One.
We last saw Albon in the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship where he raced against fellow Formula One drivers Lando Norris and George Russell. He joined the championship in 2017 with ART alongside Nobuharu Matsushita, making his debut in Bahrain. His rookie year landed him in 10th with two podiums to his name. He made the move to DAMS in 2018 where he took four wins and a further four podiums with three pole positions. He was beat by Russell who took the championship and Norris who finished as runner up. As he left the season, Russell and Norris were both signed to Formula One teams while Albon was set to make his debut in Formula E with Nissan e.dams alongside current Formula E driver Sebastian Buemi. He was released ahead of the season to join Toro Rosso in Formula One. Rowland went on to take his position in Formula E. Prior to his time in Formula 2, he finished runner up in the GP3 Series in 2016.
Albon became the second ever Thai driver to compete in Formula One that year; the first being Prince Bira in 1954. He wasn’t able to finish his season with Toro Rosso in 2019, where he raced alongside Daniil Kvyat, as he was offered a seat in Red Bull to replace Gasly who was demoted to the team’s sister team. Since the beginning, Albon’s journey in Formula One has been rough with him entering the 2020 season as the only Red Bull signed driver without a podium: Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly both took their podiums during the 2019 season in the Toro Rosso. With the weight on his shoulder and the pressure from the media, Albon did his best to pull the rejected Red Bull to the points and took his first podium in the 2020 season. He’d been close a couple of times but after collisions with Hamilton, he’d just missed out.
If you want to see Albon race, he’ll be competing in Germany this weekend at Eifel Grand Prix. You’ll also be able to catch our Formula Two stars Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott in the FP1 this weekend on the Friday.