09/08/2021 at 4:08 PM CEST
The Anglo-Thai pilot Alex albon, a reserve driver this season at Red Bull, will return to Formula 1 at the hands of the British team Williams, who signs him to replace the also British George Russell, reported the team itself.
This campaign, Albon (London, 1996), had no place on the grid, but the recent departure of George Russell to Mercedes has caused his return to the single-seater.
“I am very excited and really looking forward to getting back into a Formula One racing seat in 2022. When you take a year off F1, it is never certain that you will come back, so I am very grateful to Red Bull and Williams for believing in me. “, he expressed Albon.
The 25-year-old driver began his Formula 1 journey with Toro Rosso in 2019. A year later, he made the great leap to the main team, the Austrian Red Bull, and shared a team with Max verstappen during a season in which he did not convince Christian horner, Red Bull crew chief.
Despite this, Horner is happy with the agreement of Albon by Williams: “Our goal was to help him find a seat on another team where he could gain more F1 experience and we are delighted we did that with Williams.”
For its part, Jost capito, Williams CEO stated: “Alex He is one of the most exciting young talents in motorsports, but he comes with a wealth of F1 experience from his time at Red Bull. His multiple podiums highlight his speed as a driver, and we know he will immediately feel at home. “
The Canadian pilot Nicholas latifi will be the partner of Albon the next season. Williams thus renews the pilot who has been with them for two seasons, since the departure of the Polish pilot Robert Kubica in 2019.