Alexander Albon has confirmed he took inspiration from nine-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi when it came to choosing his permanent number in Formula 1, but felt he could not "replace" The Doctor by selecting his famous #46.

Albon was confirmed on Tuesday to have selected 23 as his race number for his F1 career ahead of his debut in 2019, when he will race for Toro Rosso.

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In two Twitter posts later in the day, Albon shared pictures of himself racing in go-karts with the #46 made famous by current Yamaha rider Rossi through his MotoGP career, having been a fan of the Italian since he was a kid.

"I’ve always been a Rossi fan but since I can’t replace the doctor himself, I thought I’d have half of it," Albon wrote.

Albon is the final new driver on the F1 grid for 2019 to confirm his race number, with Lando Norris (#4), George Russell (#63), Robert Kubica (#88) and Antonio Giovinazzi (#99) having already locked in their selections.

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