Scuderia Toro Rosso announced on Monday that British/Thai driver Alexander Albon will make his Formula One debut alongside the returning Daniil Kvyat in 2019 having extracted himself from a contract with the Nissan Formula E Team.
Speaking about the news, Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost commented by saying:
“Alexander had an impressive Formula 2 season in 2018. He won four races and finished the Championship third. The way he is able to overtake many of his rivals in the races shows that he is ready and matured to race in Formula 1. Scuderia Toro Rosso is very much looking forward to 2019, as with Daniil and Alex we have two young, very strong and competitive drivers.
The Formula 2 graduate commented on the news saying:
“It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I’m in Formula 1 next year. Throughout my single seater career, I went through a few ups and downs. I was dropped by Red Bull in 2012, so from then I knew my road to Formula 1 was going to be a lot harder. I worked really hard and tried to impress every time I got in the car, and I have to say a big thank you to Red Bull and Dr Marko for believing in me and giving me a second chance. I’ve always been motorsport mad and since I first got in a car it’s been my dream to be in Formula 1. To be given this opportunity is just incredible.”
Albon’s signing completes the 2019 grid and sees four rookies on the grid.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team – Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas.
Scuderia Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly.
Renault Sport F1 Team – Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo.
Haas F1 Team – Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen.
McLaren Renault – Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris.
Racing Point Force India F1 Team – Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll.
Scuderia Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi.
Williams Racing – Robert Kubica, George Russell.