Albon calls for F1 to follow MotoGP to Thailand

17-02-2019 09:19
by Bobby Vincent
F1 News
Albon calls for F1 to follow MotoGP to Thailand

Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon has called for Formula 1 to follow MotoGP to his native Thailand for a race.

Formula 1 have never had a race in Thailand - but MotoGP last year raced in the country at the new-build Chang International Circuit.

Albon, who is preparing for his rookie season in F1, was born in Britain, but will race under the Thai flag. He becomes just the second driver to compete in F1 from Thailand after Prince Bira, who raced in 19 grands prix in the '50s.

"It's a big deal for me to be a Thai driver," Albon told the press, as quoted by Motorsport Week. "It's been a long time since there's been a Thai in Formula 1 and I'm just hoping to do everyone proud.

"A couple of years ago, there was talk of holding a Formula 1 race there. They have a circuit ready that's F1-capable. I think it would be great to have a race there, it would be just amazing.

"Obviously, Vietnam is coming next year and that's one step closer. That's given me at least something similar to a home race, I'd like to think. Motorsport is getting bigger in Thailand and I'd hope they have someone to root for this year in F1."

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