Alexander Albon

Country: 
Full Name: 
Alexander Albon
Birth Date: 
23 March, 1996
Birth Place: 
London
Driver Status: 
Current
Driver Height: 
186cm
Driver Weight: 
74kg

Alexander Albon Biography
 

Having risen through the karting ranks during the mid-to-late 2000s, including taking titles in the Super 1 Honda National Championship Cadet Class, 2009 Super 1 Honda National Championship KF3 class and 2010 European Championship KF3 class, he graduated into single seaters in the Formula Renault 2.0 series with backing from the Red Bull F1 junior programme in 2012. 

After making steady progress in 2013 and finishing third in 2014, a move into European Formula 3 followed for 2015, in which he finished seventh in the standings in his rookie campaign and later finished 13th on debut at the Macau Grand Prix. Having only claimed a single win and failed to fight for titles during this period, he was subsequently dropped from the Red Bull scheme. 

GP3 beckoned for 2016 and the season proved to be a breakthrough one for the British-Thai driver. At leading outfit ART GP, Albon ran highly-rated Ferrari F1 protege Charles Leclerc close to the championship, ultimately coming up just short and taking the runners' up spot with four victories. 

A step up to F2 followed for 2017 with the same ART squad but Albon struggled to adapt as quickly to the new series as Leclerc, who stormed to the title at the first attempt before earning his F1 break in 2018. Albon returned for a second bite in 2018, this time switching to DAMS on an initial race-by-race deal. 

Thanks to a strong start to the season, including a run of three straight pole positions and a victory at Baku from the opening four rounds, Albon sealed his place on the grid for the rest of the season. His fine form continued, and he emerged as George Russell's closest title rival until the final round of the season when he dropped behind McLaren's Lando Norris. 

His impressive sophomore campaign, which coincided with a bizarre and unpredictable driver market situation, ultimately paved the path to a return to the Red Bull family by landing one of the two seats on offer at Toro Rosso, following Pierre Gasly's promotion to Red Bull and the depature of Brendon Hartley. Albon will get behind the wheel of F1 machinery for the first time ever when pre-season testing begins in February, before making his debut at the season-opener in Melbourne.