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Alex Albon: Williams driver agrees to new multi-year contract with F1 team.Teasing Oscar Piastri Alpine's Situation

Alex Albon was linked to the temporarily vacant seat left in the Aston Martin by Sebastian Vettel before Fernando Alonso gave up his seat. “I’m really excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team,” said Albon.

Last updated: 03/08/22 9:54pm

Alex Albon extends his stay with the Williams team

Alex Albon has pledged his immediate future with Williams by agreeing to a new multi-year deal amid speculation about his future.

The former Red Bull 26-year-old British-born Thai driver has joined the team at the start of the 2022 campaign, replacing current Mercedes’ George Russell.

When Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement last week, Albon refused to rule out a possible move to Aston Martin, but the seat was quickly filled by Fernando Alonso.

“I’m really excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve as a team for the rest of the season and next year,” Albon told F1’s official website.

“The team has achieved some great accomplishments this year and we are excited to continue this journey and build on what we have learned together.”

Albon is responsible for Williams’ three points so far in 2022, finishing 10th in Australia and 9th in Miami.

“Alex is a great driver and a valued member of Williams Racing, so we are thrilled to confirm our long-term cooperation with him.

“Alex brings a great blend of skills and insightful learning to help lead the team to greater success in the future.

“He has proven himself to be a fierce competitor and a popular and loyal team member. think”

Piastri: I won’t be driving an Alpine next year

Albon, who confirmed the news on social media, downplayed Oscar Piastri’s recent denial of signing a deal with Alpine, despite the team announcing him as Alonso’s replacement.

“I understand, with my consent, that Williams Racing issued a press release this afternoon that I will be driving for them next year.

Albon tweeted: “Yes, I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will be a Williams driver next year.”

Piastri has refuted Alpine’s claims that he signed him for 2023 F1, in a dramatic twist to the sport’s ‘ridiculous season’ of transfers, he will drive elsewhere instead. argues that it will

Alpine have said that their current reserve driver, Piastri, will be promoted to replace Fernando Alonso.

The press release contained no quotes from Piastri, fueling stories that the highly rated Australian had not been consulted.

Hours later on Tuesday night, Piastri posted on social media saying Alpine did not have permission to verify his signature and would not be driving for the French outfit that shaped his career. rice field.

“I understand that without my consent Alpine F1 issued a press release late this afternoon stating that I will be driving for them next year,” Piastri said.

“This is wrong. I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year.”