New multi-year contract with Williams for Alex Albon

After a chaotic first two days of the Formula 1 summer season break, Williams will deliver the primary calm to the driving force market on Wednesday. The workforce prolonged Alex Albon’s multi-year contract. Williams’ second cockpit, at present occupied by Nicolas Latifi, is at present open till 2023.

“Alex is a unbelievable driver and a priceless member of Williams Racing, and we’re delighted to proceed our long-term relationship with him,” workforce principal Jost Capito stated in a press launch. Albon, who was introduced again to F1 by Williams after a 12 months at Red Bull, was praised right here from the beginning.

As with Red Bull final 12 months, Williams usually praised Albon’s added worth and work ethic. Moreover, the Thai-Briton has managed to re-establish himself as a racing driver after a one-year break from F1 with some robust performances. At Red Bull, he as soon as misplaced the cockpit because of a poor efficiency in opposition to Max Verstappen.

Albon & Williams expands fashionable partnership

At Williams, alternatively, he lived as much as all of the expectations positioned on him in 2022. He scored twice in an usually poor automobile and was clearly managed by his teammate Nicolas Latifi every weekend. “He is a robust driver and has confirmed himself to be a well-liked and dependable a part of the workforce,” stated workforce principal Capito.

Williams Albon vs Latifi Battle – Hungary Photo: LAT Images/Motorsport-Magazine.com

When the contract was confirmed in a press launch at 16:00 CET on Wednesday, Albon himself could not resist a small dig on the chaos of the previous few days on Twitter: “As far as I do know, with my consent, Williams despatched the press launch, I I’ll drive for them subsequent 12 months. That’s proper and I’ve signed a contract with Williams till 2023. I’m going to Williams subsequent 12 months.

It’s half-joking concerning the still-unclear state of affairs surrounding Oscar Piastri Jr. and his future after Piastri withdrew from his dedication as Alpine’s common driver in a tweet Tuesday night time. Albon’s spot at Williams was additionally thought-about fairly secure for a number of weeks in 2023.

The second Williams cabin close to Albon continues to be open

Interestingly, the workforce additionally performs a task in Piastri Chaos. Alpi Piastri has lengthy been rumored to need to settle subsequent to Albon at Williams for a 12 months or two. It is unclear how far these negotiations have progressed and whether or not they have any bearing on the contractual dispute between Piastri and Alpi.

With Albon, Williams’ second cockpit is clearly vacant for 2023 and past. Nicolas Latifi will earn some huge cash as a paid driver, however his efficiency will stay weak in 2022. It additionally counts as a result of Williams believes it’s not depending on paying drivers.

It is unclear who will sit subsequent to Albon within the second Williams in 2023. Mercedes Formula E driver Nick de Vries has been talked about a number of instances as a candidate and led Friday’s follow session for the workforce. F2 driver Logan Sargeant will do the identical on the US GP. He would be the most promising driver on Williams’ junior workforce.

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