Wolff Willing to Allow Williams F1 to Sign Albon, But on One Condition – “As Long as… “

Published 09/05/2021, 7:03 AM EDT
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


After an unconvincing season last year, Alex Albon was replaced by Sergio Perez at Red Bull. The young Thai driver is without a seat this season and currently is a test and reserve driver for the Milton-Keynes-based team. But with Kimi Raikkonen retiring from F1 at the end of the season, both Williams and Alfa Romeo will have seats to fill for the next season.

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And after being away from the grid for one season, Alex Albon could return to the pinnacle of motor-racing after being linked with Williams for the 2022 season as a replacement for George Russell, who is poised to join Mercedes next season.

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

Although the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his concerns regarding Albon’s move to Williams after their engine supplier, Mercedes can block his move. On the other hand, Wolff claims he will never block Albon’s opportunity, but the Austrian is considering landing 2021 Formula E champion, Nyck de Vries, at the Wantage-based team.

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Meanwhile, now the Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has demanded that Alex Albon should not be tied with Red Bull in order to secure his seat at Williams for next season.

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They should release Alex Albon from the Red Bull contract: Toto Wolff

As quoted by The Race, Toto Wolff reveals the Milton-Keynes outfits should release Alex Albon from his Red Bull contract.

“It’s one thing about the power unit and I think Albon, as I said, is a driver that deserves a seat in Formula 1. But it’s tricky to have a 100% Red Bull driver with a Mercedes power unit,” said Toto Wolff on Saturday at Zandvoort.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Red Bull’s Alexander Albon in the pits FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“So, happy to work with him, as long as they let him free from his Red Bull contract. And on the other side we’re supporting Nyck de Vries obviously, and he’s in talks with Williams, to get the seat there. There’s quite some balls [in play] in there.”

I will never stand in Nyck de Vries’ way: Wolff

After making their intention clear to withdraw from Formula E, Mercedes would like to retain Nyck de Vries, but Wolff declares he will not stand in his way if an opportunity arrives.

“Nyck is his own free agent. He is a Mercedes works driver in Formula E, but I will never stand in the way for Nyck to drive in Formula 1,” said Toto Wolff.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021. Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.

“We have no management contract with him, neither do we have an option of taking him back in. Therefore, Nyck can drive in anything.”

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Can we witness Alex Albon driving for Williams next season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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