75 Facts About Alex Albon

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Alexander Albon Ansusinha is a Thai-British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Williams Racing.

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Alex Albon spent three years in the series and finished third in the 2014 championship.

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Alex Albon moved to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2015, where he finished seventh.

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Alex Albon signed with ART Grand Prix to contest the 2016 GP3 Series and ended the season as runner-up behind teammate Charles Leclerc.

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In 2017 Alex Albon moved up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship with ART, where he finished his maiden year tenth in the standings.

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Alex Albon then switched to the DAMS team for 2018, winning four races and finishing third in the championship.

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Alex Albon made his Formula One debut in 2019 with Toro Rosso alongside Daniil Kvyat.

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Alex Albon took his first podium finish – and the first in a World Championship Formula One race for a Thai driver – at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix.

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Alex Albon returned to Formula One in 2022, driving for Williams, with which he is due to stay for 2023.

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Alex Albon was born at the Portland Hospital in London, England on 23 March 1996.

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Alex Albon's father, Nigel Albon is a former British racing driver who participated in the British Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup.

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Alex Albon holds dual British and Thai nationality, and races under the Thai flag.

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Alex Albon started competitively racing karts in 2005 at the age of 8, competing locally and winning his local Hoddesdon Championship.

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In 2006 Alex Albon started racing in the cadet class, finishing 1st at the Kartmasters British Grand Prix and participating in the Super 1 National Honda Cadet Championship finishing 1st in 2006 and 2nd in 2007.

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In 2011 Alex Albon graduated to KF1 placing 2nd in the WSK Euro Series and 2nd at the CIK-FIA World Championship.

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In 2013 Alex Albon joined KTR to race in the 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.

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Alex Albon managed to secure one fastest lap and one pole position in the 2013 season, both of them coming at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

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In 2014 Alex Albon raced alongside Gregor Ramsay, Jules Gounon and Callan O'Keefe and enjoyed a much more successful year.

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Alex Albon was unable to find a win at any of the 14 races but managed to get one pole position at the Nurburgring and finished 3rd in the drivers' championship with 117 points.

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In 2015, Alex Albon switched to European Formula 3, racing at Signature with teammate Dorian Boccolacci.

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Alex Albon finished seventh overall, with two pole positions, 5 podiums, and 187 points overall.

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Alex Albon claimed four wins and finished as runner-up in the championship to teammate Charles Leclerc.

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In 2017, Alex Albon graduated to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, with ART.

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Alex Albon made his debut in Bahrain, where he started in 9th place on the starting grid for the feature race and finished 6th.

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Alex Albon struggled for grip for the majority of the race and finished in 7th position.

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At the Spanish round Alex Albon placed 3rd on the provisional starting grid for the feature race.

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Alex Albon missed the Baku round of the Championship due to injury.

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Alex Albon had sustained a broken collarbone whilst out on a mountain biking training ride, and was unable to compete due to the over-the-shoulder seat belts used in Formula 2.

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Alex Albon was back in action for the fifth round of the championship, stating that his initial feeling on returning to action after breaking his collarbone was "a lot better" than he expected.

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Alex Albon confirmed that the bone was still "clearly broken" following an x-ray on the Tuesday before the race weekend, and explained that the main issue he is having in the car is a "numb feeling" from the scar he received during successful surgery after the crash.

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Alex Albon finished the practice session in 8th, which showed that despite the injury, the chance for his first podium in Formula 2 was a possibility.

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Alex Albon finished the Feature Race in 5th position, after losing places to Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi whose car proved to have a lot of pace.

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Alex Albon finished 10th in the drivers' championship in his first F2 season, scoring 86 points.

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Alex Albon started the season with fourth place in the feature race in Bahrain before finishing thirteenth in the sprint race.

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At the next two rounds in Barcelona and Monaco, Alex Albon took two more pole positions but finished fifth in the feature race in Spain after getting away slowly while in the sprint he finished second behind Jack Aitken.

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Alex Albon's place was taken by former F2 colleague Oliver Rowland, who previously competed in the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix as an injury replacement for Mahindra Racing's Nick Heidfeld.

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On 26 November 2018, it was announced that Albon had been released from his Nissan e dams Formula E contract after rumours he was to sign for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One.

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Alex Albon is the second Thai driver to compete in Formula One and the first since Prince Bira competed in 1954.

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Alex Albon scored his first points at the following race, the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing ninth.

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40.

Alex Albon recovered in the race to finish tenth and win the Driver Of The Day award.

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Alex Albon reached the third qualifying session for the first time at the Monaco Grand Prix and finished the race eighth.

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At the Belgian Grand Prix, Alex Albon was forced to start from seventeenth place due to a power unit change.

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Alex Albon recovered to finish fifth in the race after passing Sergio Perez on the final lap.

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Alex Albon finished fifth at both the Mexican and United States Grands Prix, despite taking damage on the opening lap and making three pit stops at the latter.

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Alex Albon was in second place on the penultimate lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, but was hit by Lewis Hamilton during an overtaking attempt, dropping Albon to fourteenth place at the finish.

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Alex Albon ended his debut season eighth in the World Drivers' Championship with 92 points.

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Alex Albon received the Rookie of the Year award at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony.

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48.

Alex Albon continued racing for Red Bull alongside Verstappen in 2020.

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Alex Albon attempted to overtake Lewis Hamilton but the two made contact, sending Alex Albon into the gravel.

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Alex Albon later retired with an electrical failure which engine supplier Honda blamed on the collision.

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Alex Albon came under pressure from Racing Point's Sergio Perez in the final laps of the Styrian Grand Prix but maintained fourth place after the drivers made contact, damaging Perez's front wing.

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Alex Albon started thirteenth and recovered to fifth at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Alex Albon crashed heavily in practice for the British Grand Prix and went on to qualify twelfth.

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Alex Albon received a penalty in the race for causing a collision with Kevin Magnussen and dropped to the back of the field before ultimately finishing eighth.

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Alex Albon was fifteenth at the Italian Grand Prix having taken collision damage and a time penalty on the opening lap.

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Alex Albon took his maiden Formula One podium at the Tuscan Grand Prix by overtaking Daniel Ricciardo in the closing laps, the first podium for a Thai Formula One driver.

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Alex Albon claimed only a single point over the next four races; he finished tenth at the Russian Grand Prix, collided with former teammate Daniil Kvyat and later retired with a damaged radiator at the Eifel Grand Prix, was lapped by Verstappen and finished twelfth at the Portuguese Grand Prix and dropped to fifteenth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to a spin with five laps remaining.

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Alex Albon took his second Formula One podium at the Bahrain Grand Prix after Sergio Perez retired from third place due to an engine failure, making him the first Asian driver to score more than one podium finish in Formula One.

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Alex Albon finished the season seventh in the World Drivers' Championship, scoring 105 of Red Bull's 319 points.

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Alex Albon was demoted to the role of test and reserve driver with Red Bull for 2021, his race seat being taken by Sergio Perez.

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Alex Albon returned to a Formula One race seat in 2022 with Williams, replacing George Russell and partnering former Formula 2 teammate Nicholas Latifi.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed that Alex Albon retained "a link to Red Bull" and that the team had an option to recall him for 2023.

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Alex Albon was in twelfth place in the final laps of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but failed to finish after a collision with Lance Stroll for which Albon was penalised.

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Alex Albon scored his first point for Williams at the Australian Grand Prix by finishing tenth; he started the race from last place and made his mandatory pit stop with one lap remaining.

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Alex Albon again started last at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to a brake fire in qualifying, but recovered to finish the race eleventh.

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At the British Grand Prix Alex Albon was involved in an opening lap crash with Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon after he was hit from behind by Sebastian Vettel.

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Alex Albon was hospitalised for precautionary checks and suffered no serious injuries.

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Alex Albon was forced to withdraw from the Italian Grand Prix after suffering from appendicitis and was replaced by Nyck de Vries.

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Williams later revealed that Alex Albon had suffered anaesthetic-related respiratory failure following his surgery but was recovering well.

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Alex Albon recovered in time for the Singapore Grand Prix, three weeks later, where he retired with damage from colliding with the barriers.

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Alex Albon then retired on the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix with damage from a collision with Kevin Magnussen.

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Alex Albon was retained by Williams for 2023 on a multi-year contract.

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Alex Albon participated in 14 out of 16 races of the 2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, with Formula E driver Nick Cassidy taking his place for the final two races at the Norisring.

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Alex Albon was driving for the Italian outfit AF Corse alongside Formula 2 driver Liam Lawson, with the backing from Red Bull.

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On 22 August 2021, Alex Albon won his maiden DTM race at the Nurburgring, becoming the first Thai driver to win a DTM race.

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