Albon Teases 2022 Mercedes F1 Duo Russell & Hamilton With Ingenious Calendar Idea

Published 09/12/2021, 8:39 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Alex Albon will be making his F1 debut in 2022 with Williams F1. As he takes over George Russell’s place in the team, he looks forward to replicating or even outperforming Russell, except for one thing.

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George Russell is known for many things: Saturday qualifying, his race at Sakhir, and also, shirtless pictures. Albon has teased Russell on multiple occasions for the pictures the Brit posts on his social media. In a recent interview, Albon proposed a good idea for Mercedes to extract the most from their driver.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell celebrate after finishing third and second in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

Albon is assured that topless selfies are Russell’s job. In fact, Mercedes can get something out of it. “I think Lewis and George can do it together. There can be a calendar coming out next year with them.”

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While that might not be the worst idea for the marketing team at Mercedes, we don’t doubt the two fashionable drivers will absolutely kill it.

Albon sheds light on his relationship with Russell

Alex Albon and George Russell have been great friends prior to their career in F1. In the interview, Albon talked about the return of friendship on the grid; not only with Russell but also with the ‘Quartet’.

During the lockdown, Russell, Norris, and Leclerc streamed on Twitch with Albon. This further tightened the bond between the four, who have now made a name for themselves in the sport. Albon said, “We’ve been racing for a while together and we have a good relationship.”

The Thai driver especially mentions his relationship with Russell, hoping to continue spending time with him despite Mercedes’ hectic schedule. “He practically lived at my house in 2016, so we get on really well. Hopefully, we can do some more of that stuff. I know everyone’s busy now… I hope we can still do that kind of stuff.”

It’s no doubt that all four drivers will continue to have fun on the grid; as friendly as they are, the competition begins when the visor goes down. Nonetheless, everyone is glad that the band is back together.

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Norris is excited about the reunion as well. “Just between us three [Norris, Albon and Russell], we’ve done a lot of interviews together and videos and things, and we’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve kind of grown up together in a way, so it’s just nice because they’re people I know, and I respect them a lot. It’s cool to have him back.”

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As Russell makes his way to Mercedes, Albon can assure him that his team at Williams is in good hands.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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