As questions begin to swirl around Alex Albon’s future, we take a look at where Albon could head next in his motorsport career.
Having been dropped from race driver to reserve at Red Bull after a difficult 2020 season, Albon currently is racing in DTM when not on F1 back-up duty yet questions are now swirling around as to where the Thai driver could race next season.
We therefore take a look at where Albon could be headed for in 2022 as various vacant F1 race seats begin to be snapped up.
Should George Russell move to Mercedes in 2022 as is widely expected to be confirmed before season’s end, Williams could be tempted to sign Albon given his front of grid experience with Red Bull and solid youthfulness at 25 years-old.
Albon would also serve as a solid partner for Nicholas Latifi who has struggled to match Russell with another plus being that Albon and Latifi previously were teammates in F2 at DAMS in 2018, although Albon comfortably had the better of the Canadian due to adapting quicker to the new car model.
Putting Albon at Williams would also allow the Thai to escape the tense Red Bull environment given the influx of youth in Yuki Tsunoda, Juri Vips, Liam Lawson and Jehan Daruvala chasing a future Red Bull seat, in turn allowing him to regroup and rediscover his best quality at a calmer team.
Add in the 2022 regulation changes and Albon partnering Latifi at Williams would allow for long-term future planning, given the ages of both drivers who both would be willing to commit to Williams’ project for the long haul.
Having adapted well to racing in DTM this season as he sits fourth in the standings and just one race victory away from the championship lead, Albon could well decide to step away from F1 completely and instead focus on DTM next season.
A move though would likely put an end to any future F1 drives given how few drivers have returned after stepping away to race full-time in sportscar racing, yet this might well be Albon’s best prospect for 2022 if Red Bull and AlphaTauri retain their driver line-ups.
Albon though will likely feel like he has unfinished business in single-seater racing given that he is still 25 years-old, which could make DTM an unattractive long-term option within the next few years if he still wants a shot at F1.
Having initially signed to race for Nissan e.DAMS in Formula E for 2019 season prior to his unexpected move into F1 at Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), Albon could be tempted to revisit the series which he was set to join two years ago.
Next season also serves as the final season of Formula E Gen2 car so if Albon is to move across to Formula E, next year might be the ideal time in order to settle in and adapt ahead of the Gen3 car arriving in 2022-23 season.
Nissan also has two seats available ahead of the new campaign following Oliver Rowland’s exit for Mahindra, whilst Sebastian Buemi is yet to sign a new contract which could open the draw for an unique pairing of two drivers with Red Bull links if he was to stay and Albon took a seat at the team.
Albon also has previous links to DAMS after having finished third for the team in F2 in 2018 so would effectively be returning to the constructor, where he enjoyed his most recent success in terms of results albeit this time across in Formula E.
Either way, Albon has three clear options available unless he was to go bold and look to switch to somewhere like IndyCar or World Endurance.