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

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Albon has led Williams’ efforts since returning to F1 full-time with the team this season, scoring all three points in 2022.

An extension of Albon’s deal was considered a formality, but Williams has now confirmed he will stay in 2023.

Albon returned to F1 this year with Williams after spending a season in a reserve role with Red Bull, which ousted him from the full-time line-up at the end of 2020.

Red Bull was known to have “future options” over Albon’s services going forward, but Sergio Perez is now locked up with Max Verstappen until the end of 2024.

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Albon plotted a daring strategy in Australia, where he pitted on the penultimate lap to take a point for P10 before improving again in Miami by finishing ninth.

Albon’s confirmation at Williams comes after a flurry of announcements in next year’s F1 driver market triggered by Sebastian Vettel’s decision to retire at the end of the season.

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Photo by: Williams

This opened up a seat at Aston Martin for Fernando Alonso to make a shock change from Alpine, who then claimed Oscar Piastri would step up as his replacement.

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But Piastri has since issued a statement denying that he has signed a contract and will not race for Alpine next year. He would have made a deal with McLaren.

Piastri was widely expected to join Albon next year at Williams, replacing Nicholas Latifi on loan from Alpine, but his management was hesitant to place him with the British squad.

With the contractual bickering for Piastri between Alpine and McLaren set to continue, Williams’ focus will shift to finding a teammate for Albon for 2023.

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Latifi is expected to leave at the end of the season, possibly making way for American Formula 2 driver Logan Sargeant, who is part of Williams’ young driver program.

Another candidate for the second Williams seat is reigning Formula E champion Nyck de Vries, who was eligible for a drive in 2022 before the team chose to sign Albon instead.

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