Alex Albon Signs Contract Extension With Williams Through 2027 Season

Williams locked up the well-regarded Albon.
Nov 15, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Williams Racing driver Alexander Albon of Thailand speaks
Nov 15, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Williams Racing driver Alexander Albon of Thailand speaks / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Albon is officially off the market for the foreseeable future. The 28-year-old has signed a two-year extension with Williams that will keep him with the team through the 2027 Formula 1 season.

Albon's two-plus seasons at Williams have been successful for the struggling outfit. He joined the team in 2022 and managed to score four points on the campaign as Williams totaled only eight points and finished last in the Constructors' Championship. But in 2023, Albon was a consistent source of points for his team. He finished the season with 27 of the Williams's 28 points as it jumped to seventh in the constructor standings.

Williams has failed to build on its improvement in 2023 so far this season. Through six races in 2024, Albon and teammate Logan Sargeant have yet to finish in the points. Albon has two 11th place finishes, so he has been close, but the team's car has not been competitive, leaving Williams tied for last with Kick Sauber.

Albon is well-regarded in F1 circles and has plenty of experience despite his youth. After 12 races at Torro Rosso as a rookie in 2019, he was promoted to a seat at Red Bull, replacing Pierre Gasly. He spent the 2020 season as Max Verstappen's teammate, earning two podiums and ending the year with 105 points. He was demoted to a reserve driver role in 2021, before signing with Williams in 2022.

Given Albon's track record of success in an inferior car, there was thought he'd be a popular candidate to step up to a midfield team. It was smart of Williams to lock him up now.


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