(Motorsport-Complete.com) – Whereas the face about the way forward for Oscar Piastri continues to be in full swing, Williams is making a transfer out there of System 1 drivers. The British racing crew has prolonged the contract with Alexander Albon. The crew introduced this on August third.
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Alexander Albon will drive with Williams in System 1 in 2023
The 26-year-old will compete in Williams’ second System 1 season in 2023. And extra will observe, as Williams is negotiating a multi-year contract.
“I’m very excited to be staying at Williams in 2023 and I look ahead to seeing what we will obtain as a crew all through the season and subsequent 12 months. The crew is working laborious to develop and I’m very motivated to proceed this journey and develop our understanding collectively,” Albon was quoted as saying in Williams’ assertion.
Piastri’s tweet turns into a operating gag
Albon confirmed the contract extension on Twitter in a extra humorous approach. in a tweet, it is the identical as Oscar Piastri’s on Tuesdaywrote: “I perceive that Williams Racing issued a press launch this afternoon, with my permission, that I’ll drive for them subsequent 12 months. That’s appropriate and I’ve signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I might be racing subsequent 12 months to drive for Williams.”
Group supervisor Jost Capitio describes Albon in a message as “an ideal driver and a precious member of Williams.” The German continues: “Alex brings an ideal mixture of expertise and understanding that can assist the crew obtain nice success sooner or later. He’s a troublesome competitor, he has confirmed to be a well-liked and dependable crew participant and we’re completely happy that he’ll type a secure basis for our improvement particularly on this new period of System 1 vehicles.”
It isn’t but recognized who might be Albon’s teammate at Williams subsequent season. The contract together with his present crew Nicholas Latifi expires on the finish of 2022. Attributable to poor efficiency, Williams’ Canadian keep is doubtful.
The Second Williams boarding space continues to be empty
Former Crimson Bull driver Albon returned to System 1 as a daily driver at Williams in 2022 after a one-year break and has been proving there to date. Albon has a crew and Latifi is clearly beneath management.
At the moment’s announcement by Williams could possibly be a response to the chaos surrounding Alpine and Piastri. The reigning System 2 champion has lengthy been thought of a number one candidate for the Williams cockpit for the 2023 season.
The truth that Australia now seems to be favoring McLaren is clearly upsetting the Grove crew. With the extension of the Albon settlement, the British-Thai airline has additionally been taken into consideration within the present dynamic pilot market and prevented from being poached by one other get together.