Born in London but racing under the flag of Thailand, Alexander Albon’s first word was in fact Italian – and that word was Ferrari.
Idolising Michael Schumacher and dreaming of one day racing in Formula 1, Albon got his wish with another team from Italy. After a patient wait for his big break, Albon did his talking on track with Toro Rosso in 2019's opening races, quickly earning himself a move up to Red Bull Racing.
He has joined George Russell and Lando Norris in graduating straight from the FIA Formula 2 Championship into F1’s big league. Despite being great pals with Russell, Albon left the friendship trackside as he took the 2018 title fight right down to the wire.
A stylish over-taker with a championship mentality, Albon was unlucky to miss out on the crown. Charles Leclerc – who pipped him to the 2016 GP3 title - also rates Albon as a top guy and a top-class driver.
Laidback and cheerful with a cheeky grin, the Thai racer is popular among his peers – not always easy in motorsport’s cauldron of competition. Albon is excited to be reunited with his buddies but relishes even more putting the pedal to the metal and going head-to-head with them on the biggest stage of all.