Toro Rosso confirm Albon will replace Hartley in 2019 | 2019 F1 season

Alexander Albon will replace Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso next year, the team has confirmed.

Albon had originally signed to drive for Nissan in Formula E. However the team confirmed earlier today Albon had been released from his contract.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I’m in Formula 1 next year,” he said.

Like Hartley, Albon is a former Red Bull Junior driver who has been recalled to join their Formula 1 programme. Albon was part of Red Bull’s programme in 2012.

“Throughout my single seater career, I went through a few ups and downs,” said Albon. “I was dropped by Red Bull in 2012, so from then I knew my road to Formula 1 was going to be a lot harder.

“I worked really hard and tried to impress every time I got in the car, and I have to say a big thank you to Red Bull and Dr Marko for believing in me and giving me a second chance. I’ve always been motorsport mad and since I first got in a car it’s been my dream to be in Formula 1. To be given this opportunity is just incredible.”

After being dropped by Red Bull, Albon moved into GP3 in 2016 and finished runner-up to champion Charles Leclerc. He finished third in this year’s championship behind George Russell and Lando Norris, who will also race in F1 this year.

Albon will join Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year. Team principal Franz Tost said Albon “had an impressive Formula 2 season in 2018.

“The way he is able to overtake many of his rivals in the races shows that he is ready and matured to race in Formula 1. Scuderia Toro Rosso is very much looking forward to 2019, as with Daniil and Alex we have two young, very strong and competitive drivers.”

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