Podcast: Alex Albon, My big break

Alex Albon's rise to Formula 1 as part of its new, young generation is a lesson in why it pays to never give up. He recounts the highs, the lows and the relentless determination that sees him back in grand prix racing with Williams for 2022

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Alex Albon has a second shot at Formula 1 with Williams this year, continuing his rocky journey from karting champion to the grand prix paddock, where he has already spent two seasons with Toro Rosso and Red Bull.

In our latest My Big Break podcast, he tells Chris Medland about the breaks that helped him rise through the ranks of F3 and F2, battling for race wins and championships with Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Lando Norris.

But he also recounts the tough moments, where his career appeared to be over, including losing Red Bull backing after a tricky first year in Formula Renault before picking himself up, graduating to GP3 and challenging Leclerc for the 2015 title.

He explains why his friendship with Russell resulted in a broken collarbone that wrecked his debut F2 season; the goodwill that brought him a second year in the championship; and the bold move — combined with a timely win — that brought him back into the Red Bull fold and into an F1 seat just before a switch to Formula E.

Ahead of the 2022 F1 season, the upbeat, grounded, funny Albon shows once again why he’s one of racing’s most popular figures, who’s able to shrug off the pressure of racing at the top.