Toro Rosso has introduced Thai-British driver Alexander Albon will drive for the workforce alongside Daniil Kvyat in 2019.
Albon spent 2018 competing in System 2, ultimately ending the yr third general behind George Russell and Lando Norris — each of whom have earned F1 promotions to Williams and McLaren respectively. Albon had been set to drive in System E for the Nissan squad however it was introduced earlier as we speak that the 2 events had formally parted methods.
Crimson Bull Toro Rosso Honda is happy to announce that Alexander Albon will drive for the workforce in 2019 alongside Daniil Kvyat
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Albon was dropped by the Crimson Bull driver programme in 2012, however will return to the Crimson Bull household within the type of Toro Rosso.
Talking of the announcement, Albon stated: “It is such a tremendous feeling to know that I am in System One subsequent yr.
“All through my single seater profession, I went by a number of ups and downs. I used to be dropped by Crimson Bull in 2012, so from then I knew my street to System 1 was going to be loads more durable. I labored actually onerous and tried to impress each time I acquired within the automobile, and I’ve to say an enormous thanks to Crimson Bull and Dr Marko for believing in me and giving me a second probability. I’ve all the time been motorsport mad and since I first acquired in a automobile it has been my dream to be in System One. To be given this chance is simply unbelievable.”
Toro Rosso workforce boss Franz Tost believes Albon is now ”mature sufficient” for the calls for of F1 and highlighted his overtaking prowess within the junior classes.
“Alexander had a powerful System 2 season in 2018,” Tost stated. ”He won 4 races and completed the Championship third. The best way he’s in a position to overtake a lot of his rivals within the races shows that he’s prepared and matured to race in System One. Scuderia Toro Rosso could be very a lot wanting ahead to 2019, as with Daniil and Alex we’ve two younger, very robust and aggressive drivers.”
Albon takes the place of Kiwi Brendon Hartley who leaves the game after simply over a season within the sport. Hartley’s place on the workforce had been unsure for a lot of the season and though he was given till the top of the season to show he deserved one other yr, Crimson Bull’s Helmut Marko clearly determined to return to one in all his former proteges.
Albon’s 2019 teammate, Kvyat, has additionally beforehand been dropped by the Crimson Bull programme. The Russian driver was dropped in the direction of the top of 2017 and spent 2018 on the sidelines however has additionally been given one other probability by the corporate.