WATCH: How DJ Khaled Played a ‘Crucial’ Role in Alex Albon’s Astounding Miami GP Show

Published 05/11/2022, 3:34 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: DJ Khaled poses for a portrait during the BET Awards 2019 at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

Alex Albon enjoyed another top 10 finish season at the inaugural Miami GP. Undoubtedly, the Thai driver got exceptional skills, but fans might not know that DJ Khaled also has a hand in Albon’s Miami result.

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The Thai driver helped the struggling Williams to bag points twice this season. Fans and many F1 experts speculate the team’s strategy might be the reason. Some also believed that Albon dying his hair red might have gotten him some fortune this season. But it seems the Thai had another person that helped him achieve his Miami results.

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The American record producer, DJ Khaled, visited the Miami GP. He was among the many fans and celebrities came to the inaugural race in the Magic City.

Further, DJ Khaled walked up to the Williams crew, who were getting Albon’s car prepared on the grid for the race. The American DJ then asked Albon’s team to play the songs of Jay-Z. It seems Khaled’s advice did work, but Albon hasn’t confirmed whether he was listening to Jay-Z while driving.

The P9 finish in Miami GP didn’t surprise Alex Albon

The Thai driver had a top 10 finish in the Saturday Practice session. But he failed to have a phenomenal qualifying session after issues with the tire temperatures. Eventually, Albon could only secure himself a P18 for the main race.

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On Sunday, the Williams driver moved up eight positions to finish the race at P10. However, the Alpine driver Fernando Alonso dropped positions after receiving two 5-second penalties, leading to Albon’s move up to P9. The 26-year-old is happy with his results in the inaugural Miami race, but he wasn’t surprised with the results as much as he was in the Melbourne race.

Williams’ Alexander Albon during the Miami GP press conference. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Albon shared his reasons for no surprise, “If you look at the whole weekend, I would actually say this is obviously much less surprising than Melbourne.” Albon further reported, “We were in the top 10 for two free practice sessions, and so generally there. It wasn’t low fuel or anything like that, and we were there on pure pace. So to get the P10 is, I feel, where we should have been all weekend.”

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The next race for the Williams driver is the Spanish GP at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Are you expecting Alex Albon to repeat another top 10 finish in the upcoming Barcelona race?

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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