Albon On His Future At Williams: 'All The Way Or Nothing'

by Adam OndrikSunday, 11 February 2024 at 16:00
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Alex Albon discussed his future in Formula 1, his connection to Williams, and the possibility of joining a different team.
Alex Albon had a rocky start to his journey in F1 when he was thrown into Red Bull as a complete rookie without experience. After the end of the season 2020, Red Bull found a substitute for him, and there was no seat left on the grid for the Thai driver.
It seemed that was it for the 27-year-old, but Williams gave him his second chance in 2022 and 2023, and Albon made the most of it. Skip to the end of 2023. Almost every single team on the grid would like to have the Williams driver.
In a recent interview, he asserted he feels to be nearing his peak and believes he deserves a seat in a team where he could fight for podiums and race wins. As quoted by Speedcafe, he said:

"I feel I'm at or very close to my peak, always improvements to be done, but generally with my experience now and where I am I feel like I'm deserving of a car that can score podiums and fight for wins."

Rumors suggest the 27-year-old has received an offer from Red Bull already, but he suggests he would like to stay with Williams if the team could make enough progress.

"That's just being totally honest with how I see myself. More than anything, I want that team to be Williams and that's where I put all my work and all my efforts into."

When asked whether he would consider looking around for other options, Albon didn't completely dismiss the idea but stated his focus was on the present.

"Time will tell. My focus is on 2024, let's keep it like that. The real focus is on making sure we make progress for 2025…."

All in all, it seems the 27-year-old's primary goal is to find himself a seat in one of the top teams. If Williams can get to that position, he claims he would very much like to stay with the British team. He added:

"I'm… realistically want to be with the team. If the team are where I want them to be, it'll be a long-term contract. We're going to go all the way or nothing, that's my idea at Williams."