Thai driver Alex Albon claimed his first Formula One podium on Sunday and before he had climbed from his car thanked Red Bull for their faith in him following a tricky few weeks of speculation about his future.

It was a typically polite gesture from one of the paddock’s nicest people who has often been reminded that ‘Nice Guys Don’t Win’.

In the first Tuscan Grand Prix, after Verstappen was eliminated in an opening-lap crash, the London-born Thai driver rose to the challenge and came home third behind the Mercedes pair championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

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