Back in 2012, Alexander Albon’s dreams of racing in Formula 1 took a huge blow when he lost his place in Red Bull’s junior programme – a setback he admits made him consider ‘stopping racing altogether’. But rather than give up, he kept his head down, worked his way up the motorsport ladder, and he was duly rewarded with a 2019 seat at Toro Rosso…
Albon’s place on the 2019 F1 grid was confirmed last week after an impressive F2 campaign, which saw him go into the season-ending Abu Dhabi weekend as one of only two drivers in title contention before ultimately losing out to George Russell.
But it could have been so different for the London-born Thai driver, had he given up on his dream six years ago, when Red Bull decided to part ways with him after just one season in their vaunted young driver programme.
Albon, however, never lost sight of that dream – to drive in Formula 1 – and his performances over the last few years have ultimately persuaded Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko to give him a second chance - one which will see him partner Daniil Kvyat next season.
“Very tough, it was a difficult year for me for numerous reasons, not least because of my results, but it made me work that much harder,” Albon told Red Bull.