Alexander Albon, born in 1996, is about to start his first season in F1 with the colors of the Toro Rosso team. Although very young, for those who follow karting, the English rider is an “old acquaintance”: his career, in fact, begins with the karts in 2006 and, over 4 years, sees him graduate World Champion in the KF3 category (now OKJ). Then, in Formula Renault, European F3 and GP3 Series, always with excellent results; in 2018 he closes the Formula 2 championship in third place and he’s hired for the 2019 season of F1 by Toro Rosso. Here he will be joined by the other former kart driver Daniil Kvyat.
The kart, however, is not just a past adventure, so much so that, in order not to lose training during the winter season, Alexander Albon has allowed himself a day on the track in Lonato with a KZ kart marked by the official colors of the Energy Corse. For Albon it was the first time on a shifter kart, which required a series of laps to familiarize with the gearbox. But once confidence is gained, and a new set of tires is fitted, the Thai-born driver has started to significantly lower lap times
At the end of the day the new Toro Rosso F1 driver appeared satisfied, confirming once again the validity of karting as a preparatory and “coaching” sport, both technically and physically, for those who make the steering wheel its main tool work.
During the day spent at the South Garda, in the Energy box Marco Bonanomi arrived, a highly experienced pilot who boasts in his curriculum a third place at the 24h of Le Mans with the Audi R18 Ultra. Even if his presence was not planned, found a suit of his size, even Marco took to the track for some karting.