Alex Albon to Stick with Williams with Dig at Oscar Piastri

British-born Thai driver Alex Albon is staying at Williams subsequent yr and past after agreeing on a multi-year deal, the Method One crew stated on Wednesday.

“It’s actually thrilling to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and I sit up for seeing what we are able to obtain as a crew within the the rest of this season and subsequent yr,” stated Albon.

“The crew is pushing onerous to progress, and I’m actually motivated to proceed this journey and additional develop our learnings collectively.”

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On Tuesday, Australian Oscar Piastri refuted an announcement made earlier within the day by the French crew Alpine that he had signed for them subsequent season.

“I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent yr,” wrote Piastri, saying the announcement was “unsuitable”.

“I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent yr,” stated the 21-year-old driver.

Williams are one of many groups which, in line with unconfirmed reviews, are in talks to signal Piastri, Method 2 champion in 2021 and presently a reserve driver at Alpine.

Williams, nonetheless, made no point out on Wednesday of their different driver, Canadian Nicholas Latifi, whose contract expires on the finish of this yr.

The confusion follows final week’s announcement by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel that he would retire on the finish of 2022.

His Aston Martin crew introduced a number of days later that they had concluded an settlement with Alpine driver Fernando Alonso, a double world champion, to interchange Vettel from subsequent yr.

This precipitated the choice of the French crew to announce Piastri as his alternative when the Australian appears to have entered into negotiations to signal for one more crew.

Williams crew principal Jost Capito stated, “Alex is an amazing driver and valued member of Williams Racing, so we’re thrilled to have the ability to verify we will likely be working with him on a long-term foundation.”

“Alex brings an awesome mix of ability and insightful learnings that can assist convey the crew larger success sooner or later.

“He’s a fierce competitor, has proved a well-liked and constant crew member and we’re delighted that he’ll present a secure base for us to proceed to develop on this new F1 automobile period,” Capito stated.

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There was no phrase on his future teammate. The second seat is presently crammed by Canadian Nicholas Latifi.

(With inputs from Businesses)

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