Alex Albon ‘keen to leave Williams’ after interest from two F1 teams


Alex Albon signed a multi-year contract with Williams in 2022 (Photo: Getty)

Alex Albon reportedly wants to leave Williams in the near-future after two Formula One teams tried to sign him last year.

Though we are still just under two months away from the start of the 2024 season, there is much speculation about who could be driving where in 2025, with over half the grid out of contract at the end of the season.

One of the drivers seemingly in this predicament is Albon, who was one of the more impressive racers on the grid last season, finishing 13th in the standings.

He scored 27 of Williams’ 28 points to ensure they finished seventh in the constructors’ championship ahead of their major rivals.

It is this form that has seen the 27-year-old linked with a move to further up the grid, with ESPN reporting that two teams attempted to make a move for the Thai driver last year but were unsuccessful.

But is is said that Albon is now actively looking to ‘free himself’ from his multi-year contract he signed with Williams in 2022.

It was thought that that the deal expired at the end of this year, though ESPN claim it actually runs til 2025.

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Albon propelled Williams to seventh in the standings (Photo: Getty)

In any case, the former Red Bull star is being monitored by several teams going forward and another impressive year for him could well lead to a move.

As for where he could go, Mercedes and McLaren have both locked in their line-ups for next season, and while there could be a vacancy alongside Max Verstappen, it seems unlikely Albon will want to go back to Red Bull after two difficult seasons alongside the Dutchman.

Ferrari are likely to renew keep Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, which leaves just Alpine and Aston Martin who could be on the lookout for a new star, though they might not provide the massive upgrade that Albon would have wanted.

Albon made his F1 debut in 2019 with Toro Rosso before being promoted to Red Bull halfway through his rookie season, where he would record two podiums but largely struggle in comparison to teammate Verstappen.

He was replaced for 2021 by Sergio Perez before returning to the grid with Williams in 2022.

The 2024 F1 season gets underway in Bahrain on 2nd March.

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