Toto Wolff denied being unhappy with former Red Bull driver Alex Albon’s move to Williams.
Albon, who is the Red Bull reserve driver this season, will be replacing George Russell when he moves to Mercedes. Earlier, Wolff had spoken on the move, saying that Albon could join only if he had been taken off his Red Bull contract.
There was also talk of Nyck de Vries, Formula E driver, joining Williams instead of Albon. However, the move took place, and Albon will be a Williams driver on the grid next season.
Wolff denied being unhappy with Albon’s move to Williams, and said that they didn’t have much say in the matter.
“There seems to be some misunderstanding,” Wolff told Channel 4, as quoted by Planet F1.
“I think Alex absolutely deserves to be in Formula 1, he’s a great personality, and we have no say and didn’t even want to interfere. From my time at Williams, I think every team should have the authority to decide upon the right driver.
“For me, it was simply understanding what needs to be done to protect our IP and confidentiality.”
Injecting young blood
Wolff has always been an advocate for youngsters like Albon to be the stars of F1. Recently, he had suggested an idea which would see three-car teams in F1, with the third car being reserved for rookies.
“I think it would be awesome to have a mandatory young car in every single team, or at least mandatory race weekends for young drivers,” Wolff said.
“That would create a lot of narrative, maybe there is one that comes in with a surprise and challenges the big boys. So if we can find a situation in the budget and the cost cap then I would be absolutely up for it,” he concluded.