Formulation 1: Alex Albon indicators contract extension with Williams

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Formulation 1: Alex Albon indicators contract extension with Williams

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Alex Albon of Thailand and Williams F1 arrives in the paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Albert Park Circuit on March 24, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kym Illman/Getty Images)

Alex Albon is staying at Williams past the 2024 Formulation 1 season. (Photograph by means of Kym Illman/Getty Photographs)

Alex Albon isn’t leaving Williams anytime quickly.

Williams introduced Wednesday that Albon had signed a freelance extension with the group. Albon’s earlier contract expired after the 2025 season and he used to be noticed as a candidate to switch groups both this offseason or subsequent offseason.

“I’m extremely satisfied to be final with Williams Racing and to proceed running with this sort of proficient and devoted group of folks,” Albon mentioned in a group observation.

“It’s been a hard begin to the 12 months however since becoming a member of Williams we’ve made important development in combination and I’ve noticed the massive adjustments taking place in the back of the scenes to take us again to the entrance of the grid. It is a long-term mission that I in reality consider in and wish to play a key function by which is why I’ve signed a multi-year contract.”

Albon, 28, is one in every of 5 drivers who haven’t scored issues in the course of the first six races of 2024 and Williams is one in every of two groups at the side of Sauber not to have any issues within the constructor’s standings this season. Thus far, you’ll be able to chalk that as much as a loss of pace within the automobile. Albon is qualifying worse and completing worse than he did a season in the past. In 2023, Albon had a median get started and moderate end of 12.4 a season in the past and scored 27 issues.

Regardless of a loss of issues this season, he’s been constantly quicker than his teammate Logan Sargeant. Sargeant’s contract is up on the finish of the season and it’s arduous to peer him returning to Williams in 2025 to group with Albon for a 3rd consecutive season. Sargeant crashed out of the Miami Grand Prix after touch with Kevin Magnussen.

Thus far, the spotlight — or lowlight, to be extra correct — of the season for Williams got here in Australia. Albon crashed out of the primary apply consultation in Melbourne and closely broken his automobile’s chassis. Williams didn’t have a spare chassis to be had for the weekend, so it elected to present Sargeant’s automobile to Albon for the race as Sargeant didn’t get started the development.

With Albon staying at Williams for the foreseeable long term, there’s nonetheless a large number of issues to be decided in regards to the 2025 Formulation 1 box.

Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren glance to be the one groups that may safely say they know who their drivers shall be subsequent season. Lewis Hamilton is transferring from Mercedes to Ferrari to group with Charles Leclerc whilst Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri are set to group up for a 3rd consecutive season at McLaren. Fernando Alonso just lately re-upped at Aston Martin and although his teammate Lance Walk has struggled this season, it’s arduous to peer him leaving forward of the 2025 season as his father Lawrence owns the group.

Mercedes must fill Hamilton’s seat, Purple Bull has to make a decision the way forward for Sergio Perez, and Carlos Sainz’s long term continues to be undetermined after he used to be changed by means of Hamilton at Ferrari. Albon used to be conceivably a participant within the 2025 driving force marketplace with no contract after he’s outperformed his Williams apparatus. However any group eyeing him for a possible opening will now need to pass him off its checklist.