Williams confirms Albon in F1 race seat for 2023 on multi-year deal

Albon has spearheaded Williams’ efforts since making his full-time return to F1 with the staff this season, scoring all three of its factors in 2022.

An extension of Albon’s deal was regarded as a formality, however Williams has now confirmed he will likely be staying put for 2023.

Albon made his racing return to F1 this yr with Williams after spending a season in a reserve position at Pink Bull, who dropped him from its full-time line-up on the finish of 2020.

Pink Bull was identified to have “future choices” over Albon’s providers for the long run, however Sergio Perez has now been locked in alongside Max Verstappen till the tip of 2024.

Albon pulled off an audacious technique in Australia the place he pitted on the penultimate lap to snare a degree for P10 earlier than going one higher in Miami by ending ninth.

Affirmation of Albon at Williams comes after a flurry of bulletins within the F1 driver marketplace for subsequent yr, triggered by Sebastian Vettel’s determination to retire on the finish of the season.

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Picture by: Williams

This opened up a seat at Aston Martin for Fernando Alonso to make a shock swap from Alpine, who subsequently claimed Oscar Piastri can be stepping up as his alternative.

However Piastri has since issued an announcement denying he has signed a contract and that he is not going to be racing for Alpine subsequent yr. He’s understood to have agreed a take care of McLaren.

Piastri was broadly anticipated to accomplice Albon at Williams subsequent yr, changing Nicholas Latifi as a mortgage signing from Alpine, just for his administration to baulk on the concept of putting him on the British squad.

With the contractual wrangling set to proceed for Piastri between Alpine and McLaren, Williams’ focus will swap to discovering Albon a team-mate for 2023.

Latifi is anticipated to go away on the finish of the season, probably making means for American System 2 driver Logan Sargeant, who’s a part of Williams’ younger driver programme.

One other candidate for the second Williams seat is reigning System E champion Nyck de Vries, who was into account for a drive in 2022 earlier than the staff opted to signal Albon as a substitute.

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