'We All Support Each Other In Daunting F1' - Albon On 'Twitch Quartet'
Alexander Albon talks how himself, Russell, Norris & Leclerc have all supported each other through the difficult moments in F1.
Red Bull Racing driver Alexander Albon has opened up on how he and his 'Twitch Quartet' have all been supporting each other through the difficult periods in Formula 1.
During lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, F1's new generation of drivers began entertaining fans and having fun with each other on games through Twitch broadcasts, with Russell, Leclerc, and Albon all setting up Twitch accounts and joining fellow McLaren driver and streamer, Norris online.
Their entry into Twitch created entertainment for fans online and formed a strong bonding between the quartet, who all regularly joked and commentated on each other's gameplay.
All four drivers competed in Esports races with F1 during the lockdown period, with Leclerc, Albon, and Russell becoming regular frontrunners in the Virtual Grand Prix. Russell was the unofficial champion of the series.
Albon, Norris, Leclerc & Russell often play together on Rocket League, F1 2019, Assesto Corsa, and more!
The four drivers are regarded as the next generation of drivers thanks to their stellar junior careers and with it, comes pressure and expectations.
Whilst facing the challenges within F1, Albon spoke on the 'F1 Nation' Podcast about how the four drivers all support each other through group chats and online.
“You could call it the Twitch quartet – Charles, George, Lando (and Alex). We’re all close, we all have our own relationships in between the four that we have," said Albon.
“We have group chats and things like that. We talk about a lot of things. I’m probably closest with George, just because we spent so much time together.
“We all want each other to do well. We are the young generation, we all support each other. Formula 1 is a big world, despite being as prepared as you can be, it’s still, in some respects, quite daunting.
“We’re there for support. They’ve been with me, it’s no secret that the press is hard, media is hard, and they’re always there.
“We talk about everything, I would say that 80% of what we talk about is not to do with racing, it’s rubbish.”
Albon has a strong friendship with Leclerc, Norris, and Russell, with the trio all racing each other at some point during their careers.
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, George Russell, Alex Albon & Charles Leclerc regularly streamed during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Albon and Leclerc both were teammates during the 2016 GP3 Series, and both competed for the title which Leclerc would ultimately win. Both Norris and Russell all graduated from F2 to F1 with Albon in 2018, with the trio all competing for podiums, wins, and the championship.
Even though all four are competitors on the track, the quartet has publicly been supportive of each other. Russell has been vocal on Albon and has supported him during difficult periods of the 2020 season.
All three congratulated Albon when the Thai driver achieved his first F1 podium at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
Despite their banter and friendship of the track, Albon stresses that it doesn't distract them from their job on the track, where their friendships are put aside.
"When you see a car, no matter what car it is, you race it like it’s anybody else. There’s no ‘oh, after you’ kind of thing. You’re fighting for position.
“What’s normal about is for us is that we’ve done that since karting, so we could race each other on track and then we’re riding our BMXs around the karting paddock.
“It’s quite a normal thing to race hard on the track and be friendly off it. There’s nothing else to it.”