Alexander Albon has thanked Red Bull for helping him get back on the F1 grid, with the Thai-British driver set to return to action with Williams next season.
The 25-year-old was dropped by the Milton Keynes-based outfit after last season, spending 2021 as the team's test and reserve driver. He's also competing alongside Liam Lawson in the 2021 DTM series.
However, with a move to Williams already confirmed for next season, Albon explained that while Red Bull sometimes get a "bad rap" in terms of how they deal with their drivers, he's pleased they still trust and believe in him.
"They get a bad rap for a lot of stuff," Albon said in an interview with Formula1.com. "But at the end of the day, they've been extremely helpful. They've helped me talk with Williams and get all this stuff sorted out.
"It's nice to feel that trust and belief in me. I owe a lot to them and continue to do so. I've been with Red Bull since 2008, so it's been a while."
Albon admits being on the outside looking in has been tough, though he says attending races – but not actually as a driver – only added to his motivation.
"It's been tough," Albon added. "When you've been in F1, and you're at the race tracks watching it, not driving but being there, it's tricky to sit there and relax.
"I got better at it during the year. At the first race, it was torture. But I got into the rhythm of it.
"If anything it increased my desire to be back on the grid, not just for friends and family but also the fans and everyone who has supported me – it motivated me and kept me going to get the seat."