Alex Albon, the reigning GP3 Series vice champion, has announced that he will be stepping up to compete in this year's GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix, staying with the team that took him to a title fight with teammate Charles Leclerc in the final round of last year's championship.
The Thai driver brings an impressive motorsport record with him, belying his relative youth at just 20 years: Albon finished 2014 on the podium of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and contested a solid season in FIA Formula 3 Europe before joining ART Grand Prix in 2016, competing as a rookie and winning several races over the season.
Albon noted: "I learnt a huge amount last year and we have become one big close family. Moving up to the GP2 series is an important step in anyone's career and I am extremely fortunate to be with a top team who already understand me. There's a lot to learn coming from GP3, and the experience and method of working at ART Grand Prix is the reason they have won so many titles. I hope I will continue to proudly wear Thailand's colours and those of my faithful Thai partners. I look forward to the new challenge and cannot wait for the season to begin!"