On Monday, Red Bull made the headlines when they announced that Alex Albon would join Max Verstappen in Belgium. The Thai driver had put in consistent performances in the Toro Rosso, which caught Red Bull’s eye, hence the call up. However, it also meant that their other driver, Pierre Gasly had to be dropped, so the Frenchman was sent back to Toro Rosso.
On Instagram, Alex Albon wrote, “Surreal to have been given this massive opportunity with Red Bull Racing ! Can’t thank you enough for believing in me and making this possible. It’s a big jump into the deep end, but I’ve got my swimming shorts on! Thanks to all the guys at Toro Rosso, especially Franz Tost for the massive opportunity in F1 and the never-ending support throughout my first year! Now to focus for my first race with the team in Spa.”
Oner the past 12 months, Alex Albon has had a whirlwind of a career, with him primed for a seat away from F1 initially. The 23-year old raced competitively in Formula 2 in 2018 with DAMS on a race-by-race basis.
Then, it seemed like he would move further away from F1, when he was recruited by the Nissan Formula E team. A move there would have placed him alongside former Toro Rosso driver, Sebastien Buemi. Then, at the 11th hour, Red Bull offered him a seat at Toro Rosso, which he readily accepted after extracting himself from a binding contract with Nissan.
Albon scored a top-ten finish with the Faenza outfit in just his second race in Formula One. Since then, he has enjoyed four other runs in the points, including an impressive fourth place at Hockenheim.