Alexander Albon ended up on the sidelines at Williams after a year through revolutions at Torro Rosso (today’s AlphaTauri) and Red Bull. He returns to the highest level with a team that has struggled in recent years. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and George Russell (Mercedes) are all driving for a top team. That while Albon once beat them all. In fact, in a sense he decided the fate of his rivals.
Albon tells the special anecdote in the MotorSport Magazine Podcast: “Before you move on to the Red Bull programme, I have a fun story about Young Driver programmes,” he captioned his story, before proudly discussing how he was discussing the fate of some of F1’s most highly regarded drivers of this moment could decide.
“At the end of 2010 I beat Max in the Karting World Championship. I then went straight from the KF3 class to KF1, but before I took that step, they saw in me the reference point. They asked me who was good and who was not. A large group of drivers wanted to be part of the team the following year (Intrepid, ed.) Charles, George, Esteban (Ocon, ed.), they were all there.”
When the interviewer suggests that those F1 stars of today have all had their breakthrough thanks to Albon’s advice, the Thai Brit bursts out laughing: “I think they would have signed anyway… but you know what maybe too”
Did he ever give them a chance to forget that remarkable fact? “I think they’ve long since forgotten that, if they ever remembered it. I’ve never actually discussed that theme with them.”