Alex Albon Remains Coy About Williams Future Despite 2025 Contract

Speaking ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Alex Albon has maintained an air of uncertainty about his seat at Williams, despite having a contract that extends until the end of 2025. Albon’s comments come at a crucial time as the F1 silly season heats up with several driver contracts up for negotiation.

Addressing questions on his future with the Grove-based squad in 2025, Albon commented, as quoted by Motorsport Week:

“Erm… I won’t comment for now. I’m still focused on this.

“Everything is moving early, very quickly, obviously Nico [Hulkenberg] has just pulled somewhat of a trigger at Sauber and I’m sure the second one is going to follow soon.

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Alexander Albon of Thailand and Williams walks to the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 3, 2024 in Miami, United States. Alex Albon speaks…

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“Everything including my focus on where I go, not so much for next year but the year after, focusing on that side of things.

“These next couple of weeks are where the decisions for the whole grid is going to be finalized.”

The Formula 1 driver market is witnessing an early flurry of activity this year, prompted by seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton’s pre-season announcement of his move to Ferrari next year and recent moves such as Nico Hulkenberg’s surprising switch to Sauber.

Further complicating matters is the acknowledgment by Williams’ Team Principal James Vowles that although Albon is contracted through 2025, he wouldn’t stand in the way of an early departure.

Albon himself is aware of the peculiar timing of these negotiations, which historically tended to occur later in the season. He continued:

“Yes it is [much earlier than usual].

“Truthfully I’ve never been in a fortunate position to have talks so early. It is new for everyone not just myself.

“There’s a bit more work…you see a lot more managers walking around the paddock at this time of the year. He’s [his manager] out here for the first time this year.”

When asked if a longer-term contract would sway him to move teams, the Thai-British driver explained:

“No, not so much.

“I think it is more just the gelling of the team – the teams like that. 2025/26 is a nice way to understand how the team have conceptually designed their car and when you go to 2026 there is going to be such a huge difference to the car it’s nice to know where the DNA of the car is.

“It’s important just to feedback, understanding the language, the communication, that is why teams are so focused on 2025-26 transition. Is it make or break? No.”

As the 2024 F1 season progresses, Albon remains focused on his performance, all while keeping an eye on the developments that will shape the grid for 2025 and beyond.

With ten drivers’ contracts expiring at the end of the season, the rumors are only expected to intensify.