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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 23: #23 Alexander Albon of Thailand and Williams Racing (Gbr) Williams Fw45 - Mercedes during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Red Bull

Albon rumoured to have been offered Red Bull return

The 27-year-old has already had a stint with the Austrian team, leaving at the end of the 2020 season and joining Williams in 2022

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Williams driver Alex Albon has reportedly been offered a three-year deal, starting from 2025, that would see a shock return to Red Bull.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Albon joined Red Bull midway through the 2019 season after being promoted from Toro Rosso (Image Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Thai driver joined Red Bull during the summer break of 2019. He was promoted from Toro Rosso, impressing the Austrian team with his performances. However, his time at Red Bull would see him struggle.

Albon was up against Max Verstappen as a teammate – the Dutchman has been at the team since 2016. French driver Pierre Gasly, who Albon replaced, significantly struggled to match Verstappen’s speed. This would be the case for Albon also, ultimately losing his seat at the end of the 2020 season.

Current Red Bull driver Sergio Perez is also struggling a lot against Verstappen. Lots of claims have been made of the second seat at Red Bull being cursed and the team favouring Verstappen. Hwever, Red Bull has denied these claims on multiple occasions.

After his exit from Red Bull, Albon had a year out of the sport before joining Williams for the 2022 season. The Thai driver has now spent two seasons at the Grove-based outfit, seriously impressing everyone.

Is Albon to Red Bull a possiblility?

Silly season for the 2025 season has already begun before the 2024 season has even begun. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamlton shocked the world, signing for Ferrari for the start of the 2025 season. The seven-time world champion will drive for Mercedes in 2024, before making the switch to Red in 2025.

With Hamilton leaving Mercedes in 2025, it has raised the question of who will partner up with George Russell for the Silver Arrows. Runours of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel returning to the sport to join the Silver Arrows have been discussed. However, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has hinted that the German does not want to return to Formula 1.

Young talent Andrea Kimi Antonelli has also been rumoured. However, the Italian is making his Formula 2 debut in 2024, making it maybe too soon for the 17-year-old talent.

Another name has been Albon, who is great friends with Russell. The question of the Thai driver joining Mercedes was brought up on Peter Windsor’s YouTube livestream. Windsor, instead, reported that Red Bull have runoured to have offered a three-year-deal, starting from 2025:

“As I understand it, Albon has been offered a 3-year contract to start in 2025. So I think you’re going to see him alongside Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.

“I can’t imagine he’s going to say no to that, from what I understand, it’s 90 percent correct.”

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Williams FW44 Mercedes and Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 01, 2022 in Northampton, England.
Perez has been under a lot of pressure to perform in 2024 after his disappointing 2023 season (Image Credit: Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
What would Albon’s return mean?

If Albon returns to Red Bull, it would most likely mean that Perez would leave the team at the end of 2024. The Mexican would find himself in a similar position to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who is leaving the Scuderia at the end of 2024 and is being replaced by Hamilton.

Sainz will look for another team. However, Perez could find himself retiring from the sport at the end of 2024. The Mexican was thoroughly outclassed by Verstappen in 2023, bringing doubts of the 34-year-old’s ability. However, Perez has vowed to challenge the Dutchman in 2024.

As for Albon, it would be a second chance at a top team. Since his exit from the Austrian team, his fellow Formula 2 rivals George Russell and Lando Norris have driven for teams capable of achieving podium finishes. As for the Thai driver, he has been stuck at the lower end of the midfield with Williams, although impressing everyone with his performances.

Albon would love to return to a top team in Formula 1 again. However, will history repeat itself driving alongside Verstappen once again? The Dutchman has only gotten better through the years, winning three consecutive world championships. It would be hard for Albon to match his speed – does he take the risk?

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