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Alex Albon will drive for Williams Racing in 2022

Williams has introduced Red Bull test driver Alex Albon as George Russell's replacement. Albon will be teammates with Canadian Nicholas Latifi in 2022.

Alex Albon's return to Formula 1 is official. After many rumors in the past few days, Williams Racing has presented the 25-year-old as a replacement for George Russell, whose Mercedes change was announced on Tuesday (September 7th). The London-born driver with Thai roots will join Canadian Nicholas Latifi in 2022. It will be Latifi's third season in Formula 1. Thanks to his father's food company, Sofina, Latifi brings a lot of money to the team's coffers.

Discussion about the Red Bull role

In the run-up to the change, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff demanded that Albon have to leave the Red Bull squad to avoid irritation about the Mercedes engine. In the press release, however, Red Bull avoided speaking of a clear separation from the pilot. Christian Horner commented: "Our goal was to help him find a place on another team where he could get more Formula 1 kilometers and experience." The Milton Keynes team will initially retain links with Albon and will use him as a test and simulator pilot this year. The most likely scenario is Albon being released for the duration of his contract with Williams and returning to the energy drink family if he performs well.

Jost Capito, CEO of Williams Racing, comments: "I am delighted to welcome Alex to our team and to confirm the extension of my partnership with Nicholas. Alex is one of the most exciting talents in motorsport but already brings a wealth of experience from his Time with Red Bull. His podiums show how fast he is." For the still relatively new team boss, the commitment is a further step in the rebuilding of the traditional team from Grove, which thanks to Russell recently celebrated a podium at Spa.

Alex Albon, who, in addition to his role as a test driver, is also competing in the DTM this year and has already celebrated a victory there, explains: "If you don't compete in Formula 1 for a year, it's never certain that you returns to the series. So I'm very grateful to Red Bull and Williams for their trust and help in getting back on the grid. It's been great to see the progress Williams has made as a team this year and I'm excited to see the to help the team on their way."

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