Albon will stay at Williams beyond the 2023 season on a multi-year deal, that was revealed two days after news broke of Fernando Alonso signing with Aston Martin, and each day after Oscar Piastri denied having a contract with Alpine for next season.
The Thai-Brit has confirmed his deal was more hastily made public to do something as an obvious hands off given the question marks over seats at Alpine, McLaren, and Haas.
Asked by Motorsport.com concerning the timing, Albon said: That’s most likely the reason it got increased a bit.
Williams were the people to provide me the chance to get back to Formula 1. I must say, I’m extremely thankful for that. I visit a great future before Williams with the investment that’s can be found in.
It had been great in order to sign the contract also to get that stability. It enables us basically to work more towards the continuing future of the automobile and think about plans not only because of this year, but beyond into next year.
Motorsport.com realizes that final conversations have to be held with Red Bull to iron out the facts of these relationship, but that Albon is not any longer section of its driver roster.
Having spent 2021 on the sidelines after being dropped by the championship leader, Albon was then effectively on loan to Williams.
He continued: I still stay close with Red Bull because of what they’ve helped me with.
But suppose entering next year, then that’s me by myself with my backpack. I’m a Williams driver without any help. It doesn’t seem sensible to be on loan.
Alex Albon, Williams FW44
Photo by: Williams
Albon enters the ultimate nine races of the campaign with three points following a strong opening to the growing season – notably finishing 10th, 11th and ninth in the consecutive Australian, Emilia Romagna and Miami Grands Prix.
Because of this, discussions about extending his Williams stay were initiated early.
Albon said: It had been a significant simple discussion. Already with Jost Capito [team boss] and the board, we were discussing the near future pretty early following the first few races and things were already going well.
Albon, who was simply previously dropped by the Red Bull Junior programme and had to extricate himself from his contract with Nissan e.dams in Formula E to create his F1 debut, reckoned his multi-year cope with Williams meant he could now tick off having career stability.
It’s something I don’t believe drivers have much luxury inside it normally. I’ve never really had stability; I’ve been chasing and this past year having per year away, he said.
It is great to possess that feeling where one can have that weight off your shoulders. It’s something I could tick off the list and really relax.