There is a new piece in the puzzle of the F1 2023 grid, although this one has not moved, but rather maintains its place. Alexander Albon and Williams will continue together one more year after having renewed the Anglo-Thai for the next course and the following ones.
After Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement from F1, Alonso caused a bomb in the driver market on Monday by signing for Aston Martin. The following day Alpine reacted by betting on Piastri as a substitute for Alonso, but the young man himself denied it on social networks.
Williams stirred up the hornet’s nest by publishing this Wednesday morning that at 4:00 p.m. he would make an announcement, which quickly generated all kinds of assumptions. And finally the news has been revealed: Albon is still in the team after a “multi-year” agreement that will take him beyond 2024.
Albon also made a joke after the announcement, writing a tweet very similar to Piastri’s or Palou’s, denying his renewal with Ganassi, but with a positive text:
“I understand that with my agreement, Williams Racing have put out a press release this afternoon that I will be driving for them next year. This is correct and I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will be driving for Williams next year.
Albon arrived at the Grove team for this season after spending 2021 as a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing after being left without a place due to the arrival of Sergio Pérez.
With a car that is not among the best in the middle zone, Albon has left a good performance, and has only been overtaken by his teammate once in qualifying. In addition, he has achieved eight of Williams’ nine best results on Sundays and adds three points, the only ones the team has in the 2022 World Cup.
“It’s really exciting to continue with Williams Racing for 2023 and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team in the remainder of this season and into next year. The team is working hard to progress, and I’m really motivated to continue this journey and further develop our learning together”, commented the pilot.
Jost Capito , CEO and Director of Williams, said: “Alex is a great driver and a valued member of Williams, so we are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be working with him for the long term. Alex brings a great combination of skills and insightful learnings. which will help the team to be more successful in the future. He is a fierce competitor, has proven to be a popular team member and loyal and we are delighted that he will provide us with a stable base to continue moving forward in this new era of F1 cars. “.
However, Albon’s presence at Williams was not in doubt, as he was expected to line up with Oscar Piastri, who would arrive on loan from Alpine if the Frenchmen continued with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. However, in the last two days it seems to have become clear that Piastri will be at McLaren or Alpine, so the identity of Williams’ second driver for 2023 is unknown.
Nicholas Latifi ends his contract at the end of this season, and despite his financial contribution, he was not in the plans that he followed. Now, Williams will have to decide whether to renew the Canadian or find an alternative.
His young talent Logan Sargeant, if he gets the super license, is on pole to take the job.