Updated: Jul 10
Alexander Albon has had his ups and downs in Formula One. He has had incredible ups and heart-breaking downs. The Thai driver is exciting to watch on the track. Albon came up through the Red Bull driver program and joined the senior team after only six months at Toro Rosso. However, the move didn’t turn out right, and Albon left the team at the end of the 2020 season. In his second year with Williams, Albon has shown people what he can do. It has gotten to the point where you can argue that he deserves another shot in a big team.
What Went Wrong With Red Bull?
After a promising start with the Austrian-based constructer, hopes were high for Albon. The excitement started when he drove from the back of the grid to a fifth-place finish in Spa. The 27-year-old driver finished out the 2019 season strong. The result was that he earnt the 2020 drive for Red Bull. Yet, he struggled to keep up with the pace of his teammate Max Verstappen. Albon wasn’t performing where the car should have been. At the time, the Mercedes cars were dominant, meaning Red Bull usually were behind the silver arrows. Yet, instead of being third or fourth, Albon was mostly amongst the midfield battle. The fact that he wasn’t performing to match the car resulted in him losing the seat. Furthermore, he only was on the podium twice throughout his time with the team. Eventually, Sergio Pérez replaced Albon, and the Thai racer became a third driver in 2021.
Albon And Williams.
Albon returned to the grid for the 2022 season with Williams. He replaced his good friend George Russell who moved to Mercedes. Albon hit the ground running with his new team by performing great. His sensational drive in Australia comes to mind, where he held onto the hard tires to pit at the last possible moment to secure a points finish. In his first year, he comfortably beat his teammate, Nicholas Latifi. Fast forward to his second year with the team, Albon still has the upper hand over his rookie teammate Logan Sergeant. He has showcased an incredible ability to defend his position; Canada was a prime example. His outright pace in the car has been excellent, and you can see this in Albon’s Q3 appearances this season. His recent outstanding performances may have people thinking he has what it takes to compete higher on the grid.
Where could Albon go?
Looking at potential open seats for Albon in the coming years, there are intriguing options. Sir Lewis Hamilton is in the twilight of his career, and if Mercedes believe Russell is ready to become a lead driver, Albon could be a great addition. Then you have Aston Martin, who could be looking for a new driver in a couple of years, and Albon could be a perfect addition to a team like that. Finally, Albon could be a great driver for any midfield like McLaren or Alpine if one of their drivers were to move.
Albon still has a lot of time to develop, as he is only 27, but he has proven that he has what it takes to compete with the best.
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