Alex Albon: Williams driver agrees new multi-year contract with F1 staff; pokes enjoyable at Oscar Piastri-Alpine scenario

Alex Albon had been linked to the briefly vacant seat left by Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, earlier than that was taken by Fernando Alonso; “I’m actually excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and look ahead to seeing what we will obtain as a staff,” mentioned Albon

Final Up to date: 03/08/22 5:15pm

Alex Albon has extended his stay with the Williams team

Alex Albon has prolonged his stick with the Williams staff

Alex Albon has dedicated his instant future to Williams by agreeing a brand new multi-year contract amid hypothesis over his future.

The 26-year-old British-born Thai driver, previously of Purple Bull, joined the staff firstly of the 2022 marketing campaign because the alternative for George Russell, now of Mercedes.

Albon lately refused to rule out a potential transfer to Aston Martin when Sebastian Vettel introduced his retirement final week, earlier than that seat was swiftly stuffed by Fernando Alonso.

“I’m actually excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and look ahead to seeing what we will obtain as a staff within the the rest of this season and subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Albon, per the official F1 web site.

“The staff has made some robust positive aspects this 12 months and it is thrilling to proceed this journey and additional develop our learnings collectively.”

Albon is chargeable for Williams’ three factors up to now in 2022, managing a Tenth-placed end in Australia adopted by ninth in Miami.

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

“Alex brings an excellent mix of talent and insightful learnings that may assist carry the staff higher success sooner or later.

“He is a fierce competitor, has proved a preferred and constant staff member and we’re delighted that he’ll present a secure base for us to proceed to develop on this new F1 automotive period.”

Piastri: I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months

Upon confirming the information on social media, Albon made gentle of Oscar Piastri lately denying he had signed a contract with Alpine regardless of the staff asserting him as Alonso’s alternative.

“I perceive that, with my settlement, Williams Racing have put out a press launch this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent 12 months.

“That is proper and I’ve signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I shall be driving for Williams subsequent 12 months,” Albon tweeted.

Piastri has refuted Alpine’s declare that they’ve signed him for Formulation 1 2023 and insists – in a dramatic twist to the game’s switch ‘foolish season’ – that he shall be driving elsewhere as an alternative.

Alpine had mentioned Piastri, who’s at present their reserve driver, was being promoted to switch Fernando Alonso.

The press launch had no quotes from Piastri, fuelling speak the highly-rated Australian had not been consulted.

Hours in a while Tuesday night, Piastri posted on social media to say Alpine didn’t have his permission to substantiate his signing and he won’t drive for the French outfit who’ve moulded his profession.

“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 12 months,” mentioned Piastri.

“That is fallacious and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months.”

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