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Alexander Albon

Albon reveals 'Plan B' if F1 return hadn't happened

After a year on the sidelines, Alex Albon will be back on the F1 grid with Williams in 2022. However, the British-Thai driver admits he had a back-up plan in case he wasn't able to make a comeback to Formula 1.

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Alex Albon has revealed that he had a "Plan B" and "Plan C" lined up in case he hadn't been able to return to F1 in 2022.

The British-Thai racer spent last year on the sidelines as a reserve and development driver for Red Bull, having lost his race seat with the team at the end of 2020, but he will be back on the grid in the upcoming season after securing a drive with Williams.

Albon says he was incredibly driven to get back into Formula 1 again.

"I was extremely hungry to get back into F1," Albon told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I felt like I put everything I could [into returning]. I did everything I could to get a seat within Formula 1.

"2021 was actually a busier year for me than any other year that I've raced in, which is quite weird to believe. But the hunger was there.

"Of course, to get a seat or not get a seat comes down to timing, comes down to a lot of things, but I know that, on my side, I put everything towards it."

Albon's "Plan B" and "Plan C" ideas

Whilst Albon was set on returning to the F1 grid, he admits that he did line up some potential other options for the scenario of not being able to get back into the sport, with IndyCar a possible path he could have taken.

"I did have a Plan A, which was clearly to be in Formula 1," Albon explained.

"The Plan A was also at that point to be with Williams, and Plan B, Plan C was there. I went to IndyCar to have a look at it, [and] spoke with a few teams in Formula E as well.

"Of course, just as a logical sense, you do have to keep [those] things in mind, because you never know what happens. The market is so tricky that you just have to keep your options open.

"Plan A was obviously the one that was strongest in my heart, and it was far above Plan B and Plan C."

Albon credits Horner, Marko and Capito with helping return

As it was, Albon did not need to consider his alternative plans as his return to F1 with Williams was confirmed in September of last year.

The former Red Bull driver has praised his bosses at the Milton Keynes-based squad, as well as Williams CEO Jost Capito, for making his comeback possible.

"Fortunately, towards that [point in the] middle of the year, things started to look good and talks started to happen," Albon said.

"And that's a big thank you to Christian [Horner] and Dr [Helmut] Marko, but also Jost and everyone at Williams who got it to happen, and that was it."

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