Wolff urges Crimson Bull to launch Albon to get Williams seat
Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff says he’s blissful for Alex Albon to race for Williams, however provided that Crimson Bull releases him from his contract.
Albon has been closely linked with a seat at Williams however on Friday Crimson Bull prompt there had been issues raised by Mercedes a couple of Crimson Bull junior racing for a staff that can use Mercedes energy items and gearboxes in 2022. Wolff has now confirmed that’s the case, however says it’s right down to Crimson Bull to launch Albon to ensure that him to have the ability to race in Method 1 once more.
“It’s one factor concerning the energy unit and I believe Albon is a driver that deserves a seat in Method 1,” Wolff mentioned. “However it’s tough to have a 100% Crimson Bull driver on a Mercedes energy unit. So, blissful to work with him, so long as they let him free from his Crimson Bull contract.
“And on the opposite aspect, we’re supporting Nyck de Vries, clearly, and he’s in talks with Williams to get the seat there. So there’s fairly some balls within the air.”
Regardless of making the purpose about de Vries, Wolff says there is no such thing as a Mercedes contract for the Dutch driver in terms of F1.
“Nyck is his personal free agent. He’s a Mercedes works driver in Method E, however I’ll by no means stand in the way in which for Nyck to drive in Method 1. We have now no administration contract with him, neither do we’ve an possibility of taking him again in. Due to this fact, Nyck can drive in something.”
Wolff admits Mercedes has spoken with Albon about his F1 plans, however hints it was concerning an answer that would see each drivers getting an opportunity in 2022, with a seat additionally obtainable at Alfa Romeo.
“Alex is in common contact with Gwen Lagrue, who’s operating our Mercedes junior program, they usually had been discussing with James Vowles, our head of technique, the alternatives for subsequent 12 months. Issues get all the time… tweaked, in a method. He wasn’t informed to do or not do something, it was simply exploring the alternatives for Alex and for Nyck in an amicable method between Alex and the group.”