F1: Williams Extend Albon’s Stay
Alexander Albon has extended his contract at Williams in a move that has raised some questions reports Joe Bell.
In what’s become known as the F1 silly season, the drama has been coming thick and fast as drivers begin to reveal their plans heading into next year’s race season. And for current Williams driver Alex Albon, this has meant extending his stint with the British team after signing a multi-year contract.
After an unprecedented week for the racing sport, Albon took to Twitter to announce to his 600,000 followers that he has agreed to keep his seat in the Williams car for 2023 and beyond.
In a video interview posted to the Williams website he admitted “It’s nice to have some piece of mind going forward about my career and then to be with Williams. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I’m happy for the future.”
Albon is keen to remain focused for the rest of the season and not let anything distract him.
“It’s for the future, but for the rest of the season we will keep our heads down and focus on maximising the car”.
While many weren’t exactly shocked at the announcement, some fans were left confused at Albon’s decision. It has become no secret that Williams aren’t performing at the level they want to be and for such a young and talented driver, it can’t be easy to sit at the back of the grid week in and week out.
Further confusion for Williams fans followed as the team also took this opportunity to announce that Albon’s current teammate Nicholas Latifi would retain his seat in the Williams car in what will be his third season for the team. Many supporters expected to see current Williams Academy driver Logan Sargeant make his F1 debut for the 2023 campaign. The young American has impressed in F2 and will get his first real taste at F1 at his home Grand Prix where he will take part in FP1 for Williams, but there’s no hiding he would prefer to race on a more consistent basis.
Next season is already brimming with excitement. With Alonso joining Aston Martin and F2 Champion Oscar Piastri turning his back on Alpine, this is just the beginning of the drama, and I’m all for it!