Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Thai rookie Alexander Albon mastered his nerves in Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, scoring the best result of his short career with fifth in his first race for Red Bull.
The 23-year-old, promoted to the former champions from sister team Toro Rosso in a swap with under-performing Frenchman Pierre Gasly, had started near the back of the grid in 17th after being hit with engine-related penalties.
"I had some good fun out there and I enjoyed this race a lot," Albon told reporters.
"I started off the weekend very nervous and if you had told me I’d finish the race fifth I’d be very happy, but I’m a bit more relaxed now."
At Red Bull, Albon finds himself alongside Max Verstappen, the sport’s youngest-ever race winner.