Alex Albon will return to the Formula 1 grid in 2022 after securing a deal to race with Williams, with the British team also confirming Nicholas Latifi will stay on for a third campaign.
Albon has fulfilled reserve and test driver duties for Red Bull this season after losing his race seat to Sergio Perez. However, the two-time podium finisher has been pushing for a racing return outside the Red Bull family for several months, after it became clear a seat at the works team or AlphaTauri wasn’t possible.
As reported by F1.com, Albon has been the frontrunner for a berth at Williams for several weeks, with the team keen on his experience and speed. Red Bull in tandem have pushed hard to make a deal happen, despite opposition from chief rival Mercedes, Williams’ engine supplier.
With Mercedes announcing they were promoting their protégé George Russell to the works team, the path was clear for Williams to confirm their plans with Albon taking his seat, after Red Bull released him from his current contract – though they said they still have “future options” on him.
A Red Bull spokesperson told F1.com: “We have released Alex to become a Williams Racing driver in 2022 but retain a relationship with him that includes future options.”