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Horner reacts to Wolff's 'unusual' demand over Albon

Christian Horner hopes that Alexander Albon will be able to make a return to F1 without losing his Red Bull backing.

Christian Horner is optimistic that Alexander Albon can secure a return to the Formula 1 grid without having to cut his Red Bull ties. Albon was replaced at Red Bull by Sergio Perez for the 2021 season and has spent the year carrying out test and reserve duties for the team, while also competing in the DTM touring car series. RacingNews365.com recently reported that Albon is in line to make an F1 comeback with Williams , which is one of three Mercedes customer teams on the grid, along with Aston Martin and McLaren. Albon's preference is to join Williams for 2022, amid separate links with Alfa Romeo, but Wolff stated over the Dutch GP weekend that he would need to be "free" of his Red Bull ties to make the move . "It's slightly unusual," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com , when asked for his take on the situation after Sunday's Dutch Grand Prix. "Obviously, it's a huge influence, but I'm assured that Williams choose the drivers that they wish to drive in the car, and that they don't have restrictions." Pushed on why Red Bull would have to release Albon, Horner replied: "Maybe we don't. "We've had very productive discussions with Williams and with Alfa, and I expect the situation to hopefully be resolved in the next week or so." Horner added that Red Bull are "doing everything we can" to get Albon back on the F1 grid. "Obviously, we want to see Alex racing next year," he commented. "We rate him highly and I think we're close to finding a solution, and of course it's not just Williams that are showing interest in him. "Hopefully, Alex will be back on the grid next year. Behind the scenes, we're doing everything we can to make sure that happens."

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