Albon announces Williams extension with Piastri-inspired post

The Thai driver had some fun while announcing he will drive in Formula 1 for Williams in 2023

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Alexander Albon will remain a Williams driver in 2023 after extending his contract with the Formula 1 team as part of a new, multi-year deal, believed to be for two years.

After sitting on the sidelines last season and serving as a reserve driver for Red Bull, the Thai driver joined Williams as a replacement for George Russell following his move to Mercedes.

The switch came after Red Bull released him from his contract, and Albon has delivered a series of strong performances so far in 2022. He’s managed to score all of Williams‘ points this season through a 10th and ninth place finish in Australia and Miami respectively.

After team principal Jost Capito hinted in Hungary that Albon would be staying with the team, the 26-year-old took to social media and had a jab at Oscar Piastri‘s announcement that he won’t be driving for Alpine when announcing his Williams extension.

Piastri couldn’t help but respond to the tongue in cheek post as questions over his future continue to swirl.

As for Albon, he is pleased he will have the chance to continue helping Williams back up the field.

“I am really excited to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team in the remainder of this season and next year,” said Albon.

“The team has made some strong gains this year and it’s exciting to continue this journey and further develop our learnings together.”

Now all eyes will be on who will partner Albon next season with Nicholas Latifi‘s contract expiring at the end of the current campaign.

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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