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Alexander Albon

Red Bull looking to resolve F1 return for Albon in the next week

Christian Horner has revealed Alexander Albon's return to Formula 1 could be announced before the Italian Grand Prix next week.

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Alexander Albon's return to Formula 1 could be announced in the next week, prior to the Italian Grand Prix, according to Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner.

Albon is currently Red Bull's official test and reserve driver, having lost his race seat at the end of last year to Sergio Perez. Any announcement would be key in this year's driver market.

"Alex deserves a seat in Formula 1 next year and there's quite a bit of interest in him for next year," Horner told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "We'll do whatever we can to try and enable that.

"I hope that nothing prevents him from realising one of those opportunities. He's a talented driver.

"Subject to George [Russell] moving [to Mercedes], now Kimi [Raikkonen] is retiring, that does open up opportunities. So I'm sure that will get resolved over the next week or so."

Horner ruled out a return for Albon to AlphaTauri, with whom he made his F1 debut in 2019, when the team was known as Toro Rosso, and confirmed that both Williams and Alfa Romeo had enquired about his services.

"We're looking at external teams," said Horner. "Williams and Alfa have both expressed interest.

"We're keen to see him back racing in Formula 1 and hopefully that can get resolved over the next few days."

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