Williams confirms Albon in F1 race seat for 2023 season

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

An extension of Albon’s deal was considered a formality, however Williams has now confirmed he might be staying put for 2023.

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

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

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

Crimson Bull was identified to have “future choices” over Albon’s companies for the longer term, however Sergio Perez has now been locked in alongside Max Verstappen till the top 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.

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Picture by: Williams

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

“Alex brings an ideal mix of ability and insightful learnings that may assist convey the group larger success sooner or later.

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

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

However Piastri has since issued a press release denying he has signed a contract and that he might be racing for Alpine subsequent yr. He’s understood to have agreed a cope with McLaren.

Piastri was extensively 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 inserting 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 teammate for 2023.

Latifi is predicted to depart on the finish of the season, probably making manner for American Method 2 driver Logan Sargeant, who’s a part of Williams’ younger driver programme.

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

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