From 1950 to 1954, Thailand etched its name on Formula 1 with Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, better known as Prince Bira. The man born in Bangkok
Who are the F1 drivers? Alex Albon’s B-side: Maxim’s “fake Thai” who carries the weight of her imprisoned mother
From 1950 to 1954, Thailand etched its name on Formula 1 with Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, better known as Prince Bira. The man born in Bangkok participated in 19 races in the Máxima with seven different teams and few results. Until he came Alex Alban in 2019, he was the only one.
The SportingNews reviews the history of Albon and not only the sporting one: his citizenship on the recommendation of his father, his mother’s legal problems and the connection with Red Bull.
Alexander Albon: the “fake Thai” who carries the weight of his imprisoned mother
Alexander Albon was born in London on March 23, 1996, thousands of miles from Thailand, country in which he never lived but which he represents. Her citizenship was obtained from her mother, Kankamol Albon Ansusinhaand processed it on the recommendation of his father Nigel Albin, who saw it as a possibility to attract sponsors and draw attention from the Asian media. He, as a former British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) driver, knew the importance of dollars in the motoring world.
The play went well and also had the support of Red Bullwhich added him to its program of young talents at the age of 16 after being world runner-up in karting in 2011. Although he clarified on more than one occasion that he did not have the necessary family budget to compete in F1 and that he would not have arrived if he had not having been for the Austrian team, his passing was far from being that of a middle-class person.
Albon Sr. owned a company dedicated to buying and selling used cars that was doing very well. This allowed the Albons to move into Smallbridge Hall, a 14th-century mansion valued at $5 million. Alex, along with his four brothers, received a first class education. But the Justice determined that not all the money was generated by legal means…
His mother, found guilty of scams in excess of $10 million, went to prison in October 2012. And he was behind bars until 2018, years in which Alex was very close to leaving. But just that campaign, by chance of fate (or not), Albon was again considered by Red Bull and the following year he would debut.
In the first half of 2019 he would race with Toro Rosso and then move on to Red Bull. In 2020 he registered two podiums, although his performance was not enough to keep him going and in 2021 he was left without a seat. In 2022 he returned, although this time with Williams.
Alexander Albon’s Pets
For many families, the pet is like another child and Albon, who has not yet become a father with his girlfriend Lylyi Muni He (professional Chinese golfer), has great appreciation for his animals.
In the British Grand Prix He wore a special helmet, in which all of them appear: eight cats, a dog and a horse. The animals even have their own Instagram, “Albon_pets”, with more than 80 thousand followers.
Is Alexander Albon a millionaire?
After his mother went to prison and much of her assets were auctioned off to pay debts, not much is known about the Albon family’s finances, although Alex has a salary for 2022 of 2 million dollars.
It is estimated that during his three seasons in the Máxima he could have achieved close to 5M.