“The Band is Back” – F1 Community Including Russell Reacts to Albon’s Return With Williams

Published 09/09/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon before the race Pool via Reuters/Rudy Carezzevoli


Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, the driver’s market has suddenly picked up the pace. Following Valtteri Bottas announcing his move to Alfa Romeo, the domino effect has rippled through as Mercedes announced George Russell as the Finn’s replacement. And Williams didn’t wait long in announcing Red Bull reserve driver Alexander Albon as the Briton’s replacement for next season.

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While there were rumors of the move happening, very few thought it would actually happen. However, not only did Williams sign the Thai, but they also retained Nicholas Latifi to bring back a Formula 2 pairing.

This sent fans and fellow drivers into ruptures on social media. Here are some of the best reactions to this announcement on Twitter.

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Fans and drivers congratulate Alexander Albon for Williams F1 seat in 2022

A graduate of the Red Bull Academy, the 25-year-old made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso in the 2019 season. However, Albon got a surprise promotion to Red Bull ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix for the rest of the season. The Austrian outfit decided to switch the Thai with Pierre Gasly, who couldn’t provide the results they looked for.

Following the season, Red Bull kept him for the 2020 season only to replace him with Sergio Perez in 2021. However, after an impressive set of performances in DTM racing, he’s back in the pinnacle of motor sport as a Williams driver next year.

Thai driver Alex Albon celebrated the first DTM win of his career in Sunday’s race eight at the iconic Nürburgring circuit to move up to fourth overall in the title race. // DTM at Nuerburgring, Germany on August 22, 2021 // Julian Kroehl / Red Bull Content Pool

Among his well-wishers, George Russell, who Albon will replace at Williams, shared a tweet congratulating him and his former teammate Latifi.

McLaren driver Lando Norris also shared a tweet of his own to congratulate the 25-year-old on his return to F1.

Several fans took to the social media platform as well to share their reactions to the announcement.

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Albon displays gratitude with a message of his own

The Thai driver took to social media to share a message showing his gratitude to Williams and Red Bull for their support towards him.

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In addition, he also made fun of Russell in his message, while congratulating him for securing a seat with Mercedes.

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The 25-year-old first teamed with Latifi in the 2018 Formula 2 season, when they raced for DAMS. Can Albon find his feet quickly when he returns to F1 next year?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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