Speculation Swirls Around Albon’s Potential Red Bull Comeback

At 27 years old, Albon is rumored to be considering a return to Red Bull, after leaving the team at the end of 2020 to join Williams in 2022.


By Ben Bush
Published on February 3, 2024

Reviewed and checked by Lee Parker

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Rumours are circulating that Williams driver Alex Albon has been offered a three-year contract to return to Red Bull starting in 2025, marking a surprising potential comeback to the team.

Albon first made the leap to Red Bull in mid-2019 from Toro Rosso, catching the team’s attention with his strong performances. Despite this, he faced challenges at Red Bull, particularly when paired against teammate Max Verstappen, who has been with the team since 2016. Albon’s struggles mirrored those of Pierre Gasly, whom he replaced and who also had difficulty keeping pace with Verstappen, leading to Albon’s departure from the team at the close of the 2020 season.

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The narrative around the second seat at Red Bull being difficult and possibly even “cursed” due to perceived favouritism towards Verstappen has been discussed within the F1 community. However, Red Bull has consistently refuted such claims.

After leaving Red Bull, Albon took a year’s break from F1. He rejoined the grid with Williams in 2022 and impressed many over two seasons with the team. But could a return to Red Bull be in the cards for Albon?

The F1 “silly season” for 2025 is underway even before the 2024 season kicks off, highlighted by Lewis Hamilton’s unexpected announcement of moving to Ferrari in 2025. This move has sparked speculation about who will fill the vacancy at Mercedes alongside George Russell. Among the rumours are discussions about Sebastian Vettel possibly coming out of retirement to join Mercedes, though team principal Toto Wolff suggested Vettel may not be keen on a return to F1.

Additionally, there’s talk of young prodigy Andrea Kimi Antonelli stepping up, though, with his Formula 2 debut scheduled for 2024, it might be too soon for the 17-year-old talent.

Source: Formula Nerds

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