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 gets his wish with another team from Italy. After a patient wait for his big break, Albon will do his talking on track with Toro Rosso in 2019.
He joins 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 is relishing even more putting the pedal to the metal and going head-to-head with them on the biggest stage of all.