Albon is in talks with each Williams and Alfa Romeo for a race seat in 2022, with Crimson Bull desperate to get the Thai driver again on the grid.
However though Williams is Albon’s most popular possibility, the state of affairs has hit a highway block with Mercedes involved that, if Albon ended up racing there, he may feed again data on its engines to his Crimson Bull bosses.
It comes with Crimson Bull beginning its personal energy unit challenge from 2022, first operating Honda engines whereas it ramps up efforts for the all-new guidelines idea from 2026 on the newest.
Wolff mentioned over the Dutch Grand Prix that the one approach he may settle for Albon driving for Williams would be if Red Bull ended its contractual ties to the teen.
That stipulation has not gone down effectively with Horner, who doesn’t understood why Wolff is getting concerned – and says he’s assured Williams will have the ability to determine by itself who it needs to take.
“It is barely uncommon,” mentioned Horner concerning the prospect of a producer like Mercedes having the ability to steer a buyer crew on its driver decisions.
“Clearly it is an enormous affect, however I am assured that Williams select the drivers that they want to drive of their automotive, and that they do not have restrictions.”
Alexander Albon, Crimson Bull Racing RB15
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Horner mentioned that Crimson Bull’s key focus was on getting Albon a race seat, and he felt it may nonetheless occur with out it needing to sever ties with him.
“Possibly we do not,” he defined. “We have had very productive discussions with Williams and with Alfa, and I anticipate the state of affairs to hopefully be resolved within the subsequent week or so.
“Clearly we need to see Alex racing subsequent yr. We charge him extremely. I feel we’re near discovering an answer. Hopefully Alex shall be again on the grid subsequent yr and, behind the scenes, we’re doing all the pieces we will to ensure that occurs.”
Whereas Mercedes has expressed reservations about Albon gaining information of its engine, Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto is obvious that he wouldn’t step in to forestall him driving for buyer crew Alfa Romeo.
“I consider that no matter is occurring between the crew and the driving force, it’s between the crew and driver,” he mentioned. “As producers, we should always not affect that.
“If a driver has a chance to drive and the crew is completely satisfied to present him a seat, then they need to give him a seat.”