Albon: Putting Thailand on the F1 Map
Alexander Albon Ansusinha is merely the second racer from Thailand to take part in Formula One
Born in England, Alexander Albon Ansusinha, who is popularly acknowledged as Alex Albon is a 25-year-old Formula One racer. The young racer is merely the second racer from Thailand to take part in Formula One after Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, who was a member of the royal family of Thailand. Born to British father Nigel Albon, who is a former racer and a mother from Thailand named Kankamol, Albon holds dual citizenship of Britain and Thailand. On the tracks of Formula One, the young racer races under the flag of Thailand and he is doing his finest to place Thailand on the F1 Map. Although the racer is yet to generate a mighty impact in the F1 world, he has done sufficiently in the recent past because of which we have composed this feature on him.
Started early- Alex Albon started early as he began his karting career at eight in 2005. In 2006, he got himself promoted to the cadet class and won the Kartmasters British Grand Prix. That’s not all as by 2010; he secured the KF Winter Series, CIK-FIA European Championship, Super 1 National KF3 Championship and CIK-FIA World Cup to cite a few.
Formula debut- From karting, Albon jumped to the world of Formula as he entered the world of Formula Renault 2.0 with the EPIC Racing team in 2012. In 2013, the young Thai racer moved to the KTR racing team and finished third in the overall drivers’ championship with 117 points. Although he did not win any race, he secured one pole position in 2013 at the Red Bull Ring and the Nürburgring in 2014.
Being a talented driver, Albon took little time to reach the European Formula 3 and the GP3 Series in 2015. In the next three years, he gained tremendous success as he proceeded to the Formula 2 Championship and Formula E. Finally, in 2012, he was called by team Toro Rosso of Formula One which marked the introduction of Albon’s F1 adventure.
Formula One- Between January 2019 and August 2019, Albon produced breath-taking performances which earned him compliments from legends of the F1 world. After witnessing his drives, an impressed Red Bull Racing team asked him to replace Pierre Gasly in August 2019. He continued to drive for Red Bull in 2020, but Albon’s season ended with 105 points in the 7th position. Sadly, in 2021, he was demoted to the position of a reserve driver, but Albon said that he is working on making an effective comeback!