Alex Albon scores first pole and DTM victory at the Nürburgring
Red bull Reserve driver Alex Albon won DTM Race 2 at the Nürburgring on Sunday, after claiming pole position in the race.
The 25-year-old driver took the start of the P1 and managed to avoid trouble throughout a chaotic race around the Nürburgring, navigating two Safety Car periods, nine retirements and dominant from the start, behind the wheel of his Ferrari AlphaTauri AF Corse.
Albon had a great escapade, but the first Safety Car was not far away after Lucas Auer and Maximilian Buhk collided, sending the latter towards the pit wall.
After dropping out of Race 1 on the weekend, Albon kept his nose clean and walked away from the restart and, by the time he made a pit stop and emerged P9 on the road, a second Safety Car period. took place and the eight cars in front had not yet nose down, placing it in dominant position for the remainder of the race.
He kept pursuer Dani Juncadella at arm’s length as he moved up the pitch, and ended up crossing the finish line five seconds behind the Spaniard to take a total of 25 points.
Congratulations to Alex Albon, who notched his first pole and DTM victory at the Nurburgring on Sunday pic.twitter.com/2Es5u9Dx6j
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Albon clinched his second DTM podium in the final round at Zolder and managed to finish on the top step of the Nürburgring to claim his first win in all categories since winning Formula 2 in Russia in 2018.
Red Bull junior Liam Lawson is also racing in the German touring car category alongside his Formula 2 duties, and Albon overtook fellow Red Bull to take fourth place overall in DTM after his victory on Sunday.
Although he was brought back in a reserve role by Red Bull to be replaced by Sergio Perez this season, Albon’s role in simulator driving has been repeatedly praised by the team this season, Helmut Marko the nicknamed the “greatest asset” of the team during the development of the car.
The Anglo-Thai driver himself, however, admitted that he could only really afford a year of F1 if he wanted to realistically return to the grid.
If he is unable to do so, he has made a recent trip to Indianapolis and discussed a possible stint in IndyCar next season, if a seat is not made available to him in Formula 1.