Heralded Thai F1 Driver Shows True Colours In Spectacular Crash

Published on 13th April 2019 by Stickboy BKK

Spectacular Crash

Celebrated for being the first Thai driver to be promoted to Formula 1 circuit since the 1950s, Alexander Albon proved true to his heritage by crashing in spectacular fashion at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Unlike hundreds of his compatriots who will die this week driving – and crashing – like F1 drivers on Thailand’s deadly highways, Albon walked away from his stunning wreck today during the final practice round before tomorrow’s big race.

His Toro Rosso car hit a wall on the final turn. Fans held their breath as he sat motionless and silent in the cockpit, then finally radioed the pits and signalled he was OK.

“Sorry guys,” was his message to his team.

Spectacular Crash

The British-born Thai driver lost control on the final corner. The car slid and smashed into the wall even as Albon tried to regain control. Parts of the car scattered across the track.

Albon, 22, was racing under the Thai flag with Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso. It was an opportunity he thought he lost in 2012 when he was dropped from Red Bull’s driver programme.

Albon is the first Thai F1 driver since Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh – better known as Prince Bira, for whom the Pattaya circuit is named. The godson of King Mongkut, the Prince competed in F1 and Grand Prix races for the Maserati, Gordini, and Connaught, and was an Olympic sailor in four Summer Games and a glider pilot. He died in the U.K. in 1985 at age 71.

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