The former Red Bull F1 race and reserve driver Alex Albon will stay with Williams in 2023 after signing a new contract.
Albon, 26, has signed a new “multi-year” contract with the constructor, which will keep him with the team from Grove in Oxfordshire. The team have not officially disclosed how long the new deal with run for.
The Brit-Thai driver has scored all 3 of Williams’ points so far in 2022, managing a 10th place finish at the Australian Grand Prix in a race where he started at the back and a 9th place finish in Miami two races later. As well as this, he has earned acclaim for his performances with the team.
In a statement released by Williams, Albon said, “It’s really exciting to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team in the remainder of this season and next year.
“The team is pushing hard to progress, and I am really motivated to continue this journey and further develop our learnings together.”
Albon made his debut with the F1 pool at Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso in 2019, before earning a surprise promotion to the Red Bull senior team in the summer of 2019 after Pierre Gasly was demoted. The driver scored two podiums in the 2020 season, but was dropped in favour of Sergio Perez for 2021 and spent last year as the Milton Keynes-based team’s test and reserve driver.
Red Bull had previously stated when Albon signed for Williams for 2022 that they would have options on Albon going forward, but no reference has been made to what kind of relationship the team may have with the driver going forward. The Milton Keynes-based team previously declared after the Monaco Grand Prix in May that the relationship was still in place.
It is as yet unknown who will be Albon’s team-mate for 2023. His current team-mate Nicholas Latifi is out of contract at the end of the 2022 season, while the team had been linked with 2021 F2 champion Oscar Piastri before his recent contract drama. Mercedes backed-driver Nyck De Vries and current Williams-backed F2 driver Logan Sargeant have also been linked with the seat.