Alex Albon ‘working tirelessly’ to find loophole in Williams contract after two teams get bumper offer turned down

Williams driver Alex Albon is working tirelessly to find a way to “free himself of his current deal” after finding out that two teams had their offers rebuffed following his performance last season.

Albon put in a great shift last year, helping Williams to a P7 finish. It certainly caught the attention of a number of teams on the paddock, as the former Red Bull driver finally seemed to be delivering on his potential.

Alex Albon. Credit:
Alex Albon. Credit:

The Thai-British driver was always known to have great potential, but suffered during his time at Red Bull, where he never managed to win a race.

A report on ESPN has now claimed that Albon is looking to fashion his way away from the deal he has at Williams as he looks to link up with a more competitive team.

The 27-year-old could see himself emerge as one of the hottest properties in the driver market, but he still has a deal at Williams that ends post the 2025 season.

“It is believed Albon is keen to get himself free of his current Williams deal, which has him at the team until 2025,” the report stated. 

“Sources have told ESPN two teams attempted to get Albon out of that deal to drive for them last year, unsuccessfully, and several are monitoring his situation as they assess plans going forward.”

The report further claims that Albon’s teammate Logan Sargeant and Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu will be under immense pressure from the beginning in what is a “make-or-break” season for the duo.

“Logan Sargeant is in a make-or-break year with Williams after an underwhelming rookie season. Similar can be said of Zhou Guanyu at Sauber as he enters his third F1 season,” the report says. 

“Former F2 champion Felipe Drugovich is still waiting in the wings and should be seen as a good option for any of the teams at the back end of the grid looking for a young, quick driver in future, although he is currently tied down as Aston Martin reserve driver.

“Another name to put on the radar: Mercedes junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who will turn 18 in August. The Italian wonderkid, seen as the nation’s most exciting prospect for decades, has bypassed Formula 3 entirely for Formula 2, where he will race with Prema. 

“Rookie champions are rare in the feeder series but if Antonelli matches the hype in year one he could very quickly be a part of the conversation about who will be on the F1 grid. Remember the name and watch this space.”

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