British-born Thai driver Alex Albon is staying at Williams next year and beyond after agreeing a multi-year deal, the Formula One team said on Wednesday.
“It’s really exciting to be with Williams Racing for 2023 and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team for the rest of this season and next year,” said Elbon.
“The team is pushing hard to make progress, and I’m really motivated to continue this journey and further develop our learning together.”
On Tuesday, Australian Piastre denied an earlier announcement by French team Alpine that he had signed with them for next season.
“I understand that, without my agreement, Alpine F1 issued a press release this afternoon that I will be driving for them next year,” Piastre wrote, adding the announcement was “false”.
“I won’t be driving for Alpine next year,” said the 21-year-old driver.
Williams is one of the teams that, according to unconfirmed reports, are in talks to sign Piastre, the Formula 2 champion in 2021 and currently a reserve driver at Alpine.
However, Williams on Wednesday made no mention of their other driver, Canadian Nicolas Latifi, whose contract expires at the end of this year.
The confusion follows last week’s announcement by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to retire at the end of 2022.
His Aston Martin team announced a few days later that they had signed double world champion Alpine driver Fernando Alonso to replace Vettel from next year.
This prompted the French team’s decision to announce Piastre as his replacement when the Australian appeared to be in talks to sign for another team.
“Alex is a terrific driver and a valued member of Williams Racing, so we are thrilled to be able to ensure we work with him on a long-term basis,” said Williams team principal Jost Capito.
“Alex brings a great mix of skills and insightful learning that will help the team achieve even greater success in the future.
“He is a fierce competitor, has proven to be a popular and loyal team member and we are delighted that he will provide us with a stable base to continue to develop in this new F1 car era,” Capito said.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieq3MqAhA4Q” width=”942″ height=”530″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe> <p>There was no word on that future mate. The other seat is currently filled by Canadian Nicholas Latifi.</p> <p><em><strong>(with inputs from agencies)</strong></em></p> <p>Read allFresh news And breaking news here