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Alexander Albon

Our verdict on Albon's renewed Williams F1 commitment

Alex Albon has been tied down to Williams on a long-term deal - hear what the team at RacingNews365 make of the major commitment.

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Alex Albon long-term Formula 1 future is secure - the 28-year-old has penned a multi-year agreement to remain at Williams for the foreseeable future.

Williams will enter the new era of technical regulations in 2026 with Albon forming one half of its driver line-up.

The new era is an opportunity for all teams to make gains up the pecking order, with Williams in particular sensing an opportunity having been competing towards the rear of the field for the last several seasons.

With Albon on board for the long-term, RacingNews365 has weighed in on the commitment from the Thai driver.

Jake Nichol - Albon didn't have any other choice

In the end, Albon didn't have anywhere else to go and re-signing with Williams was the best, and only choice, he had. 

If he had gone to Mercedes, surely it would only have been for a year or two whilst Andrea Kimi Antonelli earns his stripes before moving into that seat, and so it would have been a case of 'where now?' for Albon in a couple of years - and that's even before you consider if Max Verstappen does decide to leave the good ship Milton Keynes for HMS Brackley. 

As for the Red Bull option, Sergio Perez has upped his game to the type of form that makes him undroppable and would Albon, who has already been demolished by Verstappen once, be doing anything different to what Perez is offering at the moment? 

Probably not, he'd likely just be behind Verstappen in qualifying and finishing second or third to the Red Bull team leader.

Any other move would have been a sideways or backward step, so undoubtedly Albon was Williams' best match and vice versa.

Fergal Walsh - The best of a tricky situation

Albon's position in the driver market saga cooled off greatly once James Vowles made it clear he had a deal in place already for the 2025 season.

With many of his rivals out of contract at the end of the current campaign and seeking new long-term deals, it is only natural that Albon followed suit and place his faith in the Williams programme rather than leave his future beyond 2025 to chance.

It's evidently clear that options were thin beyond a commitment to the Grove-based squad. For Williams, it's a strong signing as although he has not been without flaws, Albon has performed admirably for the team and has scored most of its points since joining in 2022.

Albon has penned arguably the most important contract of his career as the deal will take him into his 30s and the 'peak' of his career.

Williams' trajectory has been positive in recent years but there has been nothing to suggest it will soon become a front-running outfit of years gone by.

In that sense, committing himself long-term to the project is something of a risk for Albon - but so too was the prospect of seeking out a drive elsewhere from 2026 onward when so much movement is taking place now.

Samuel Coop - A benefit for Williams, rather than Albon

In some ways, I’m surprised and maybe even a bit disappointed – not that it is my place to be. Alex Albon has more than proven himself since joining Williams and his talents are arguably not being fully utilised there – his form warrants a more competitive seat, and he was surely pushing for one.

F1 is extremely exclusive, with just 10 options for drivers, so some drivers are going to lose out in what is essentially a high-stakes game of musical chairs. It appears Albon is one of them.

the 28-year-old has advocated for letting his management team sort out much of that side of things, and we know he is not comfortable with how early ‘silly season’ is this year, but he already had a deal for next season, so why extend?

It is a huge show of faith in Williams. He is buying into its long-term project and is happy to see how things shake out for the team come 2026. The Grove-based outfit has shown itself to be a nurturing and positive environment, and one that has undoubtedly got the best out of Albon. 

James Vowles has impressed greatly since taking the helm, and the team principal relationship is surely a major factor in a driver’s decision to extend their contract. It has been a difficult start to the season at Williams, but the team is headed in the right direction if you contrast things against a few years ago. However, I cannot help but feel this is more a coup for the team than the driver.

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