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Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Thailand Thai
Date of Birth 23 March 1996
Date of Death
Début 2017 Bahrain Feature Race
Titles
Formula Two Career
Entries 44 (44 Starts)
Wins 4
First Win 2018 Baku Feature Race
Poles 3
FLs 1
Points 298
Former Teams Flag of France ART Grand Prix

Alexander Albon, born 23 March 1996, is a Thai-British racing driver, whom competed for DAMS during the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship.[1] A former member of the infamous Red Bull Junior Team, Albon had competed in two seasons of F2, having previously finished runner-up to Charles Leclerc in the GP3 Series.[2]

Background

Albon, the son of Nigel Albon an ex-race in the British Touring Car Championship, began his karting career at the age of eight, winning his local Championship in the Cadet class. The following seasons would see Albon compete in higher capacity classes at a national level, before ultimately finishing as runner up in the CIK-FIA World Championship in 2011. That latter triumph earned Albon a role in the Red Bull Junior Team for 2012, with the Anglo-Thai racer moving into single seaters for the year.[3]

Red Bull Racer

Unfortunately for Albon his first venture into single seaters would not go well, with the Anglo-Thai racer failing to score at all during his first campaign in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Indeed, it took Albon a further three seasons in the series before he could secure a decent end-of-season result, by which staged Red Bull had withdrawn their funding. Regardless, Albon would move in the European Formula 3 Championship for 2015, with a number of his own personal sponsors.

A semi-successful season in F3 saw Albon end the season as one of the best rookies of the season, prompting ART Grand Prix to offer him a seat in the GP3 Series for 2016. It was in GP3 that Albon's talent finally had a chance to shine, with the now Thai registered racer going toe-to-toe with the highly rated Charles Leclerc for the title throughout the season.[2] Ultimately, however, Albon would end the 2016 season as runner up to the Monegasque racer, although both found themselves in Formula Two for 2017.[2]

Formula Two History

Having signed him up for the GP3 Series, it was ART Grand Prix whom would give Albon a shot in the inaugural FIA Formula Two Championship, partnering him with McLaren's Nobuharu Matsushita.[4] A successful debut would follow, with Albon out performing teammate Matsushita across the two races in Bahrain, beginning a run of six straight point scoring finishes for the Thai racer.[5] However, a mountain bike accident prior to the 2017 Baku Feature Race would put Albon out of immediate action, with the Thai racer temporarily replaced by Sergey Sirotkin.[6]

ART Attack

Albon returned for the Red Bull Ring round, although after completing practice in immense pain it was doubtful as to whether the Thai racer would compete.[7] Yet, there would be no stopping Albon, who not only scored points, but went on to claim a maiden podium in the Sprint Race, catapulting him back ahead of Matsushita in the Championship table.[8] Unfortunately for Albon his early momentum would fade after that, with the Thai racer enduring a pointless weekend two weeks later at Silverstone.[9]

Albon's season rather petered out after that, in spite of a return to the points at the Hungaroring.[10] Indeed, between that and the season ending races in Yas Marina, Albon would only score a single point in six races. Yet, the Thai racer would at least end the season on the podium, rounding out the season with second place and fastest lap at the 2017 Yas Marina Sprint Race.[11]

DAMS Determination

For 2018 Albon made the switch to ART's arch rivals DAMS for the former were looking to promote another pair of GP3 Series proteges for the second F2 season.[1] Initially signing a race-by-race contract with DAMS, Albon quickly established himself as a title contender, out-performing new teammate Nicholas Latifi during the early rounds.[12] Indeed a maiden victory would come at the 2018 Baku Feature Race, before Albon secured a full season contract with DAMS during the Monaco weekend in late May.[13]

Post Formula Two Career

In spite of the fact that Albon would race in Formula Two during 2018, the Thai racer would test with DAMS' sister squad e.Dams in the FIA Formula E Championship.[14] After a successful test, in which Albon out performed fellow e.Dams tester Mitsunori Takaboshi, Albon was in contention for a future FE role, particularly after it was revealed that Nicolas Prost would leave the team at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Full Formula Two Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Alexander Albon's career in Formula Two in statistical form.

Formula Two Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Alexander Albon during their F2 career:

Alexander Albon's Overall Formula Two Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2017 Flag of France ART Grand Prix 8 Dallara GP2/11 10th 86
2018 Flag of France DAMS 5 Dallara F2 2018

Career Results

Below is a table showing Alexander Albon's full Formula Two record.

FIA Formula Two Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
2017 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Spain Flag of the United Arab Emirates 10th 86
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
6th 7th 5th 8th 4th 6th 5th 2nd 18th 10th 8th 7th 12th 18th 14th 8th 12th 9th 7th 2nd
2018 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of the United Arab Emirates 3rd 212
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
4th 13th 1st 13th 5th 2nd Ret Ret Ret 7th 5th 5th 1st 7th 5th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd Ret 1st 3rd 14th 8th

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Jack Benyon, 'F2 form man Albon confirmed for full season with DAMS', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 12/05/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/albon-dams-full-season-1036496/?s=1, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Peter Allen, 'Leclerc is GP3 champion despite collision as De Vries wins', formulascout.com, (Formula Scout, 26/11/2016), http://www.formulascout.com/leclerc-is-gp3-champion-despite-collision-as-de-vries-wins/35825, (Accessed 28/06/2018)
  3. 'Meet Alex Albon, a new addition to the Red Bull Junior Team for 2012.', redbull.com, (Red Bull Gmbh, 31/03/2012), https://www.redbull.com/int-en/introducing-alex-albon, (Accessed 28/06/2018)
  4. Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'GP3 runner-up Albon confirmed for GP2 2017 promotion', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 22/02/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/gp3-runner-up-albon-confirmed-for-gp2-2017-promotion-875840/, (Accessed 28/06/2018)
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  13. 'ALBON VICTORIOUS IN THRILLING BAKU FEATURE RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/04_April/Albon-victorious-in-thrilling-Baku-feature-race/, (Accessed 16/06/2018)
  14. Sam Smith, 'Albon to Test for Renault e.dams', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 19/12/2017), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/albon-to-test-for-renault-e-dams/, (Accessed 19/12/2017)
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