Alex Albon makes Williams promise as he replaces George Russell on return to F1

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Alex Albon has made a vow to his new F1 team Williams. The 25-year-old has replaced George Russell at the nine-time constructors’ winners and will return to the sport for the first time since 2020.

The British-born Thai driver spent last season on the sidelines as a reserve driver for Red Bull.

But now he is back in the action and cannot wait to contest his first race for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.

Albon appeared at the launch of Williams’ new FW44 model at Silverstone on Tuesday, which marked the first Williams car launch since legenday owner Frank Williams sadly passed away last year.

He is feeling optimistic ahead of the 2022 season and had many positive things to say about the new motor.

“It feels really good,” he said.

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“It feels, you know, I spent a while away from the race seat, and to get back into it, get back into the thing that I’ve wanted to do my whole life feels amazing.

“The team’s been super nice. They clearly know what they’re doing and on my side, it was going to a team where, yes, you can tell there’s trust there straight away – they believe in me – and on my side I’m trying to bring as much knowledge, as much experience as I can to them.”

Albon will partner Nicolas Latifi in the upcoming campaign, who is preparing for his third season with the team.

Having not driven in F1 for two years, Albon admitted he will need to shake off some rest, but promised to improve as the season progresses.


“It’s different… but there is a feeling that there’s going to be a bit of rust to get rid of. I think on that reset of new car, new regulation, that goes in my favour; it’s a reset for everyone. My plan is to hit the ground running as hard as I can.

“Of course there will be that little bit to go but the team have helped me with that and we’re working together, trying to make sure we can attack straight away.

“And I know I will just get better through the season as will the car – and we’re kind of going together on that.”

Williams finished in a lowly eighth place in the constructors championship last year, collecting just 23 points as they struggled to be competitive during races.


Due to the new regulations in place this season, Williams have had to completely redesign their car, which took place under the guidance of Technical Director Francois-Xavier Demaison.

The FW44 has moved away from the usual white splash of paint on the livery, switching to an all-blue livery featuring streaks of red.

Jost Capito said: “We are a British team, a proud British team. “That’s why we have a hint of red on the car.”

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