The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance
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The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

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Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

It’s really quite hard to not like Alex Albon. The tall, determined Anglo-Thai driver is genteel and friendly, softly spoken but smiling warmly. That’s clear, even with a mask on. Right now, he’s sitting outside Red Bull’s hospitality tent in a sweltering Circuit of the Americas, about to issue a withering putdown of one of Formula 1’s brightest stars: George Russell.

“He’s actually the tightest guy I know!”

Albon has forgotten that suggestions he owes his good friend Russell a beer or two come from words he himself uttered a month earlier, but the fact he’s willing to offer such a frank and amusing statement is to his credit in F1’s oft-sterile surroundings. And that beer debt is one small part of the reason for his chat with GP Racing 30 minutes ahead of FP2 at the US Grand Prix. When F1 next returns to Austin, Albon will be quite a bit busier.

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