Alex Albon has definitely had his fair share of ups and downs with the Red Bull team especially when he was replaced by Mexican driver Sergio Perez for the 2021 season. However, that has not affected the appreciation and support from Red Bull team principal Christian Horner when it comes to Albon's future in F1.
Although there is nothing official as of yet, there have been F1 teams that have shown interest in the ex Red Bull driver which include both the Williams and Alfa Romero teams for the 2022 season.
On Friday Horner spoke to the media and expressed how he is working hard to help find Albon a seat for next season. However, Horner also expressed his worries that Albon could possibly be blocked by the Mercedes team because of his ties and history with the Red Bull team.
“We’re working hard to get him a seat,” Horner said.
“I really hope that Mercedes don’t block his opportunity at Williams. That’ll be a great, great shame.”
“That would be a great shame if a driver were to pay the penalty for that,” Horner said.
“Hopefully that won’t come to play. But there’s opportunities in a couple of teams.
Christian Horner vocalized that the team's priority is to make sure Albon has a full-time ride for the 2022 season and they will keep him on as a test and reserve driver if plans fall through for Thai-British driver. Horner also stated that they rate him very highly.
“Our priority is to see him racing next year. If we can’t do that, then he’ll still be with us in a test and reserve role, because we rate him extremely highly.”
Horner later disclosed that Albon's preferred choice is with the WIlliams team but Albon has had people who have been communicating to him over phone calls and texts to not go to the Williams team along with some other obstacles. To which Christian Horner advised Albon to “ignore them.”
With Sergio Perez recently signing a contract with Red Bull for the 2022 season and Max Versatappen has his contract that runs until 2023, the team is all set for next year. Red Bull’s other team AlphaTauri where Albon made his F1 debut with in 2019 when it was called Torro Rosso, is projecting to stay with its current drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda. So with those options out that leaves two viable teams left on the table for Albon for the 2022 F1 season, the Williams team, and the Alfa Romero team.
Ultimately, Horner's main goal is to see Albon race for another F1 team next season, and does not want to see his talent sidelined on the bench. Horner then reiterated again that the team’s aim is to help find Albon a seat in F1 next season.
“Obviously from a Red Bull Racing perspective, our line-up is fixed for next year,” Horner said.
“Our objective would be to see him race in another team, rather than spend another year on the bench.
“He’s got a couple of opportunities to do that outside of Red Bull, and hopefully, he’ll get that chance.”