Sep.6 - Alex Albon admits he is waiting for confirmation that he will return to the Formula 1 grid in 2022.

At Zandvoort, recent rumours became more concrete about Red Bull's talks with Williams and Alfa Romeo about a potential race seat for Albon next year.

"My goal is to return to Formula 1 and there are a couple of options," the British-born Thai driver told German broadcaster Sat1.

"I hope everything will work out but at the moment the situation is changing every day. So far it looks positive though.

"Helmut Marko and Christian Horner completely support me. Thanks to them, I'm in a situation where I can get a contract as a race driver."

There are even rumours that Albon could in fact return to AlphaTauri so that the impressive Pierre Gasly can take over from Sergio Perez at the senior team.

Ralf Schumacher also senses that possibility.

"Normally, a driver like Sergio Perez should be more confident after signing a new contract, but somehow it's not working out for him," he told Sky Deutschland.

"Bottas could help Mercedes but Perez couldn't help Red Bull," Schumacher said at Zandvoort. "They have to do something about that."

Marko admits that Max Verstappen's Mexican teammate is still struggling, as he did when he qualified so poorly on Saturday.

"The level of the drivers and the teams goes up through a season, so you can't afford to make a mistake like that," he said.

"I hope that we are better positioned in Monza."

More likely, however, is that Albon will race for a non-Red Bull team next year, with the next round of official announcements due in the coming days.

"I don't know if it will be this week or next week, but almost all of the details have been settled," Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur said.

"We will make a statement before Monza or Sochi."

According to Finnish racing personality Toni Vilander, Valtteri Bottas' refusal to refrain from setting the fastest lap towards the end of the Dutch F1 GP is a clear sign that he is set to be replaced by George Russell for 2022.

"I don't think Valtteri has much to lose now," he told C More. "It is a fact that when the instruction came from Mercedes, Valtteri did not follow it."

Canal Plus in France claims that Alfa Romeo will announce its 2022 driver lineup on Monday, with Mercedes following suit a day later.


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  1. ReallyOldRacer

    1. The RB guys canned Alex...hardly "completely support me".

    2. The doc is losing it. PER didn't get a second quali lap, and he WAS named DOD.

    3. BOT, per team orders, did back off on the 'fast lap' after making a 2 sector statement.

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    • Linda

      Point one: You took the words right out of my mouth. Not a cue for a Meatloaf song.
      If Red Bull hadn't ditched him, he wouldn't need to be finding a seat. Hearing Horner bang on about how Alex deserves a seat in F1 & that Toto is stopping him from getting one & that isn't fair to the young driver, blah, blah, blah. If he feels so strongly about how good Alex is, then they shouldn't have re-signed Perez.

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    • Linda

      Horner is using Albon to malign Toto. Crocodile tears about poor Alex, he's so talented but Toto is blocking him getting a seat. As Toto so rightly said, finding a drive for Alex isn't actually his problem

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        • ReallyOldRacer

          Setzer, Albon is not the quickest kid on the block but he's not exactly a 'loser' and I'm not sure that RB is such a great 'breakthrough'. Their history with young drivers is a bit spotty.

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          • setzer

            albon is a nice guy .i used loser in general terms .but when you sign on the dotted line for big money.it up to you to perform or else .every crash costs the team lots of bucks.it all adds up.when albon got the drive he displaced someone else .its a merry go round.perez isnt performing now gasly is going well and deserves another go.gasly has really matured,consistent results regular top ten and better.4th last weekend.gasly took his demotion on the chin,i expect perez to do the same .max makes most other drivers look ordinary

        • Linda

          Is that a reply to me? You make it sound like I'm saying, 'Poor Alex' I'm not saying that at all. I was just stating how RB are using Alex to have a go at Mercedes. I totally agree with your post.

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  2. shroppyfly

    Horny spiceboy has gotta keep him on rb books for a post perez environment id think , let him go Alfa, mr big hair at alfa for me hasnt done enough to keep a seat, even with the car as it is, if they build a good car cant harm his chances, if hes good enough , hes got another 10yr+ in f1 so a yr out is just a blip, at least he has options , ocon had none

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