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alex albon williams 2022 f1

Albon: Williams believe in me

alex albon williams 2022 f1

Alex Albon is back! The former Red Bull driver is lucky to be getting a second crack at Formula 1 after being dropped at the end of 2020, now he is fully inspired by his new Williams team who believe in his abilities.

The Red Bull lack of belief in their driver meant a year on the sidelines for Albon, dovetailing between his role as his former team’s reserve and a DTM campaign. but that is over as the 25-year-old gears up for his F1 comeback this season with Williams.

Speaking on the occasion of the Williams FW44 livery launch, Albon told reporters: “It feels really good. It feels, you know, I spent a while away from the race seat, and to get back into it, get back into the thing that I’ve wanted to do my whole life feels amazing.”

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Albon will share a garage with Nicholas Latifi who is retained from last year and will be expected to do much what his predecessor George Russell did, destroy the Canadian in the other car.

The Mercedes bound Briton is Albon’s benchmark, anything less is unlikely to suffice as he gets familiar with his new team.

Albon continued: “The team’s been super nice. They clearly know what they’re doing and on my side, it was going to a team where, yes, you can tell there’s trust there straight away. They believe in me.

Albon: I’m trying to bring as much knowledge, as much experience as I can to Williams

Red Bull lost belief in Albon, who was fast-tracked from Toro Rosso to the ‘big team’ after only twelve races into his rookie season. Thereafter he was humbled by Max Verstappen when the two were teammates for a season and a half.

After that, Albon could not even find a seat with AlphaTauri (aka Toro Rosso) and had to sit it out until the Williams deal surprised all and sundry, ensuring Albon is on the grid again

Already he has done laps in the ‘real’ Williams FW44, albeit at a wet Silverstone this week after the livery launch. Latifi also had a go in the new car.

Albon reported afterwards: It’s different… but there is a feeling that there’s going to be a bit of rust to get rid of. I think on that reset of new car, new regulation, that goes in my favour; it’s a reset for everyone. My plan is to hit the ground running as hard as I can.

“Of course, there will be that little bit to go but the team have helped me with that and we’re working together, trying to make sure we can attack straight away. And I know I will just get better through the season as will the car – and we’re kind of going together on that.”

Williams are one of the most storied teams in Formula 1 history

Founded by Sir Frank Williams the Grove outfit was a powerhouse of the sport for decades, their driver roster reading like the who-is-who of F1 greats. With 16 titles only Ferrari have more F1 constructor’s championship trophies than Williams who have nine.

Williams drivers have celebrated on the top step of Grand Prix podiums no fewer than 114 times, alas their last was back in 2012 when Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix.

Williams F1 World Champion drivers are: 1980 (Alan Jones), 1982 (Keke Rosberg), 1987 (Nelson Piquet), 1992 (Nigel Mansell), 1993 (Alain Prost), 1996 (Damon Hill) and 1997 (Jacques Villeneuve) the last time they won a world championship.

The words “backmarkers” and “Williams” in the same sentence is hard to countenance for anyone who has a penchant for the sport’s history but that has been their plight since the team’s decline over the past decade with the 2022 F1 rules an opportunity will supposedly supply teams like Williams.

Asked how will he tackle the 2022 F1 season, Albon replied: “To begin with it’s really about where we started; it’s just our starting point. I feel like if we’re in the midfield if we’re in the upper midfield, that’s great. If we’re towards the back half, that’s fine.

“It’s all about how quickly can we adapt and overcome? How quickly can we progress through the year? Because some teams are going to get it right, some teams are going to get it wrong,” explained Albon, who will be making his 39th start, his first as a Williams driver at the 2022 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on 20 March.