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Alexander Albon

Born:
23rd March 1996 (Age 24)
London (GB)
Nationality:
Thai
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Alexander Albon was the revelation of 2019 in his first Formula 1season. The son of former British Touring Car Championship driver Nigel Albon and a Thai mother, he races under the latter national licence.

Early career in karts and cars

The eight-year-old Albon began racing karts in 2005 and he won the following year’s Kartmasters British Grand Prix. Super 1 Champion that year, he completed his karting career by finishing as runner-up in the 2011 CIK-FIA World Championship.

A member of the Red Bull driver programme, he graduated to car racing in Formula Renault 2.0 in 2012 with EPIC Racing. He qualified second and finished fifth in an ALPS race at Spielberg, but Albon lost the energy drink manufacturers’ backing after a difficult campaign. He switched to KTR for the next two seasons in the category and scored his breakthrough victory in a Northern European Cup (NEC) race at Most during 2014.

European Formula 3 and GP3

Despite the lack of apparent success so far, Albon joined Signature for the 2015 European Formula 3 Championship and scored five podium finishes – including second-place finishes at the Norisring, Portimão and Hockenheim to claim seventh in the final standings.

He switched to the F1-support GP3 Series in 2016 with the crack ART Grand Prix. It was Albon’s most impressive season so far, and he won four times to finish as runner-up behind team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Formula 2

He remained with ART for the 2017 Formula 2 Championship but missed the round at Baku when he broke his collarbone in a mountain biking accident. He returned to finish second in the sprint race at Spielberg. Still in pain from his injuries and struggling to optimise his set-up, Albon’s form dipped from mid-season. However, he completed the year by finishing second in the “reverse grid” sprint race in Abu Dhabi – losing his breakthrough victory when passed on the last lap by a forceful Leclerc.

He agreed a race-by-race deal with DAMS for the 2018 F2 season that re-established his credentials. He converted pole position into Feature race victory on the streets of Baku and was quickest in qualifying for the next two rounds. Further victories at Silverstone, Hungaroring and Sochi saw Albon enter the final weekend second to George Russell in the points. Third overall after stalling at the start of the Feature race in Abu Dhabi, he signed to race for Nissan in the 2018/19 Formula E Championship.

Surprise Formula 1 graduation

It was a surprise when former backers Red Bull chose Albon to replace Pierre Gasly at Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2019 World Championship. Release from the Nissan eDAMS Formula E contract was negotiated and Albon scored five top 10 finishes (including sixth in Germany) in the first 12 races. With Gasly struggling in the senior Red Bull squad, they swapped drives and Albon continued to impress. He finished eight of the remaining nine races in the top six with fourth in Japan his best result so far. The exception was in Brazil where a first podium was lost when hit by the recovering Mercedes-Benz of Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps.

Eighth in the 2019 F1 World Championship and the highest-placed rookie, Albon will continue with Red Bull in 2020.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2020 F1 World Championship
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2019 F1 World Championship
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
21 0 0 0
0% win rate
8th 92
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship
DAMS
24 3 8 4
17% win rate
3rd 212
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
ART Grand Prix
20 1 2 0
0% win rate
10th 86
2016 GP3 Series
ART Grand Prix
18 3 7 4
23% win rate
2nd 177
2015 European F3 Championship
Signature
31 (2) 2 5 0
0% win rate
7th 187