REPORT: Albon Favorite Ahead of Alpine & Mercedes F1 Juniors to Replace Russell at Williams

Published 08/28/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Alex Albon left Red Bull last season to make way for Sergio Perez. However, he is said to make a return to F1 next season, but not with the Milton-Keynes-based outfit, instead, there’s a possibility of signing for Williams.

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George Russell has long been rumored the leave the Grove-based outfit for Mercedes in 2022. Hence, to fill in that seat, Williams has made it a top priority to get the Thai driver on board, rather than the likes of Formula E world champion, Nyck De Vries, or Guanyu Zhou.

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Williams turns to Alex Albon if George Russell departs for Mercedes

With no contract extension being offered to Russell, it is likely that we won’t see on the team next season. The Grove-based have turned to Red Bull’s development driver for a chance to get behind the wheel for next season.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in action REUTERS/Florion Goga

According to reports by Motorsport.com from the paddock Spa, the team doesn’t see De Vries or Zhou as an option. Instead, they see Albon as the perfect fit if George departs for the Silver Arrows for the 2022 season.

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Jost Capito weighs in on Williams’ seat situation

The CEO of the Grove-based outfit has given his thoughts about potential drivers for Williams if Russell leaves. He hopes that the driver is willing to give his best for the team, and fits perfectly at Williams.

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He said, “The main thing is, we want to have the best drivers that are available and interested to drive for Williams and interested in doing the job for Williams. It’s not definitely the driver who wants to be world champion next year – for us, he would be in the wrong team.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We need drivers who are willing to support the team, to get the team back, to lead the team, and to improve performance. At the moment we can see the interest in drivers to get to Williams is increasing,” Capito concluded.

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With speculation increasing of who will get a seat at Williams if George decides to part ways from the team. Who do you think will drive for them next season? Will it be Albon, De Vries, Zhou, or someone else? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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