Pink Bull Need to Carry Alexander Albon Again to F1, Says Christian Horner
Pink Bull are looking for to safe Alexander Albon’s Formulation One return subsequent season, with seats opening up at Alfa Romeo and Williams, whereas Mercedes are eager to put their new Formulation E champion Nyck de Vries.
Albon, 25, drove for Pink Bull’s foremost workforce final 12 months however misplaced his seat to Mexican Sergio Perez, who has now been confirmed for 2022. The British-born Thai has been racing within the German Touring Vehicles (DTM) collection.
“Alex deserves a seat in Formulation One subsequent 12 months,” Pink Bull boss Christian Horner advised reporters on the Dutch Grand Prix.
“Williams and Alfa Romeo have each expressed curiosity and we’re eager to see him again racing in Formulation One. Hopefully that may get resolved over the subsequent few days.”
With Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen retiring on the finish of the season and Williams’ George Russell lined as much as change Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes, Formulation One is braced for a driver shake-up.
Bottas is predicted to interchange Raikkonen however there are doubts in regards to the second Alfa seat, presently occupied by Italian Antonio Giovinazzi with engine supplier Ferrari having a say on who fills it.
Albon is, nonetheless, driving an AF Corse Ferrari within the DTM with sponsorship from Pink Bull’s AlphaTauri.
Whereas Williams use Mercedes engines, the workforce additionally has ties to Pink Bull by means of boss Jost Capito who labored carefully with the vitality drink model as a sponsor whereas he was head of Volkswagen Motorsport.
Requested whether or not Albon can be launched from his contract if a proposal got here in from a workforce linked to Mercedes or Ferrari, Horner stated Pink Bull simply needed the British-born Thai to be racing once more.
“We’ll accommodate no matter we will to make sure that he’s again in a race seat subsequent 12 months,” he stated.
De Vries has additionally been linked to each Williams and Alfa however Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff stated Albon was key to occasions.
“For the time being it revolves round Alex Albon, who as Christian says, deserves a seat,” stated the Austrian. “He’s a very good child and he’s most likely the primary protagonist within the shifting chairs.”
“Nyck has a assured seat in Formulation E with us and I’m in two minds.
“I want him to be in Formulation One however I don’t need to lose him for our Formulation E marketing campaign.”