Date published: December 30 2018
The Thai-British racer had to contest the first three rounds of the year on a race-by-race deal, before being confirmed for the rest of the campaign after the Spanish round in May.
Albon’s performances impressed DAMS enough to offer him a deal with its Formula E sister team, only for him to sign for Toro Rosso for 2019.
“I remember in January or February, [speaking] on the phone to Francois [Sicard] literally begging to have the seat for this year and I didn’t have the money for it, and he put me in it anyway,” Albon admitted.
“From then on it was always about proving a point and staying in the championship. It’s been a big rollercoaster.
“To end with third, [I’m a] bit disappointed as I think we deserved to finish second. I’m happy with this year, it’s all down to DAMS.
“I believe GP3 was my true pace [Albon finished second to Charles Leclerc in 2016], F2 last year for different reasons things didn’t go as planned [when he was 10th with ART]. This year was a continuation of 2016.”
Albon scored three consecutive poles in the early part of the year, and it was a high point in the season for the Thai-Brit.
“The three poles in a row were really cool for me,” he said.
“It stood out to me, raw pace-wise we were really strong.
“It faded out a bit towards the end of the year.
“The first feature race win in F2 was another highlight, in Baku. It wasn’t a normal win but to come out in front was mega.”