Williams signs Alex Albon in multi-year contract, while Alpine seat remains empty


Alex Albon has impressed Williams sufficient since becoming a member of firstly of 2022 to signal a brand new multi-year contract with the squad. The size of the contract wasn’t talked about by Williams in its announcement made on Wednesday.

Albon began his F1 profession in 2019 with Crimson Bull Racing feeder group Toro Rosso, which at present races as AlphaTauri. He was promoted the next yr to Crimson Bull, changing Pierre Gasly. Nevertheless, he was changed at Crimson Bull by Sergio Perez in 2021 and spent the rest of the season as a take a look at and reserve driver.

Since becoming a member of Williams, Albon has managed to outshine teammate Nicholas Latifi whose present contract expires on the finish of 2022. Albon has scored the entire group’s factors this season by way of a tenth place end on the Australia Grand Prix and ninth on the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. Williams hasn’t mentioned whether or not it plans to retain Latifi or exchange him.

“I’m actually excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and look ahead to seeing what we will obtain as a group within the the rest of this season and subsequent yr,” Albon mentioned in an announcement. “The group has made some robust positive aspects this yr and it’s thrilling to proceed this journey and additional develop our learnings collectively.”

In the meantime over at Alpine, the group continues to be on the hunt for a driver to exchange Fernando Alonso who’s leaving the squad on the finish of 2022 to exchange the retiring Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin. In a shock twist, Alpine on Tuesday named Oscar Piastri as Alonso’s substitute, although the younger Australian, who received the System 2 title in 2021 and is managed by fellow Australian driver Mark Webber, has denied he might be driving for the group.

Regardless that Alpine has offered monetary assist to Piastri and allowed him to check with the group, it is rumored he has an possibility with one other group. Keep tuned.


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