Alexander Albon Has Karma Responsible for Max Verstappen Beating Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 F1 Title

Published 12/19/2021, 1:32 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


In the 2020 F1 season, Alexander Albon notched up the only two podiums of his career. Admittedly, he could have bagged his maiden podium a lot earlier, but a few circumstances prevented that. One of them was a certain 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton. And it appears that he has not forgiven Hamilton for the two clashes that knocked him out of podium contention.

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Speaking about his former teammate Max Verstappen winning the title over Hamilton, Albon believes that it is karmic justice. According to the Anglo-Thai driver, luck balanced out everything at Yas Marina. Obviously, he was thrilled that his former teammate clinched his maiden driver’s championship.

I am not very religious, but I think it is karma. Max is a virtuous pilot, I have never met anyone with such natural speed before, he is able to find an extra gear. I understand his driving style and why he is so fast, that’s talent,” Albon said.

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Alexander Albon is looking forward to getting back in an F1 car

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After a year away from the sport, the 25-year-old will be back in the F1 paddock. The F1 musical chair game has placed him in the Williams seat, replacing a Mercedes-bound George Russell. Meanwhile, Russell himself is replacing Valtteri Bottas, who moves to Alfa Romeo, replacing the retired Kimi Raikkonen.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon arrives ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

During his one year away from F1, the Anglo-Thai driver has learned a lot as a Red Bull test driver. In addition to that, he also competed in the 2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), where he finished 6th in the championship with one win under his belt.

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Owing to this, he feels that he is more than ready to get back on the grid. He teams up with Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi and they will be looking forward to the new season. Admittedly, the Williams F1 team will miss Russell, as he was a frequent Q2 presence in the last couple of seasons. However, Alexander Albon seems more than capable of filling in the void that the Briton leaves. What are your predictions for Williams in 2022?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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