Alexander Albon will return to Formula 1 in 2022. The British Thai is currently a test and reserve driver for Red Bull, but will return to the F1 grid for Williams next year. Albon had the chance to make the switch to IndyCar, but decided to go for the Williams seat.
George Russell will join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year and that transfer ensured that an F1 seat became available at Williams. That seat will be filled in 2022 by Alexander Albon, Max Verstappen’s former teammate at Red Bull. The British Thai had the option of making the switch to IndyCar or Formula E but ultimately decided to go back to Formula 1. Opposite Speed Week explains to Red Bull’s current test and reserve driver why he chose that option.
“The IndyCar series seemed to me to be a very interesting option, even more so than Formula E. I went to Indianapolis to watch an IndyCar race there and I also spoke with Romain Grosjean there. It looked good, but in the end I stuck to my goal and that was to make a return to Formula 1. Because the decision in Formula 1 about seats is often late, it was an exciting period to stop the rest.”
“In the end everything worked out well and I’m happy to be playing for Williams next year. It looks like they’re in good shape, partly because of the big investments being made. They were very interested in me and they did everything they could. to make it possible for me to race for Williams. That worked out and I think I made a great choice and I am happy to be back on the F1 grid next year,” said Albon, who at the time still competing in the DTM championship.
In the DTM championship, Albon won the race at Nurburgring and that victory seems to have helped him to secure the Williams seat. In 2022, Albon will become the teammate of Nicholas Latifi who will in turn enter his third year with the team next year.