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- London, United Kingdom
Kvyat is not the only man to get a second chance with Toro Rosso. Alexander Albon was let go from the Red Bull Junior program in 2012, and had to fight his way back into contention for a F1® drive.
After securing seats in other series, he clawed his way back into Formula 2 last season, and after finishing third in the championship Toro Rosso came knocking.
Albon is writing history this year. The 22-year-old son of a British father and Thai mother will race under a Thai licence. The only other Thai to drive in Formula 1® was ‘Prince Bira’, Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, who raced between 1950-54. With F1®’s expanding profile in South-East Asia there will be plenty of fans’ eyes on Albon during the season.
Toro Rosso has shown speed in the past and no one should underestimate Albon. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc rates him as the toughest rival he raced against before he got to Formula 1®.
The young Thai driver has since earned a promoted to the Red Bull Racing team, replacing Pierre Gasly who moves back to Toro Rosso after struggling to adjust to his new machinery.