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Albon Has Not Yet Confirmed His Secure Seat With Williams For The 2025 Season

Albon Has Not Yet Confirmed His Secure Seat With Williams For The 2025 Season

As the British-born Thai driver gained momentum, rumors surfaced linking him to Lewis Hamilton’s suddenly vacant 2025 seat at Mercedes. However, reports emerged suggesting that Albon has been offered a three-year deal to return to Red Bull starting next year.

Dr. Helmut Marko responded to sport.de by indicating that Sergio Perez remains a contender to retain his seat alongside Max Verstappen. Marko stated, “If Checo has a good season, it is very possible that the lineup in 2025 will remain unchanged.”

Regarding the Hamilton-to-Ferrari speculation, Marko hailed it as “the best thing that could have happened to Formula 1 at this time.”

Albon’s Williams contract was rumored to expire this year, but James Vowles, at the team’s 2025 livery launch, clarified, “Alex is signed with Williams until the end of 2025.” Vowles dismissed other rumors about Albon as “speculation at best,” emphasizing the team’s commitment to creating an environment worthy of Albon’s talent.

Albon responded cautiously to the news, stating, “Let’s wait and see. Time will tell.” He emphasized the importance of progressing with Williams, expressing openness to a long-term contract if the team achieves its objectives.

Both Vowles and Albon hinted at clauses in Albon’s longer contract with Williams, allowing flexibility if offers from top teams arise. Vowles stressed that any decision regarding Albon’s future must align with Williams’ long-term objectives.

Auto Bild reported that Red Bull no longer has contractual ties to Albon, who remains focused on his role at Williams and is not yet considering potential moves to other teams.

Albon indicated he would welcome offers from top teams, expressing a desire for a car capable of competing for podiums and victories, ideally with Williams. He acknowledged the competitive market for drivers and emphasized the importance of Williams’ new direction under Vowles.

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa suggested that if he were in charge of Mercedes, he would prioritize other drivers over Albon, naming Fernando Alonso and Kimi Antonelli as potential candidates.