Albon joined Purple Bull’s senior F1 squad simply 12 races into his grand prix profession in 2019 after changing the struggling Pierre Gasly, however was dropped on the finish of 2020 to make manner for Perez.
Albon stayed on with Purple Bull’s F1 operation in a reserve and check position, taking part in an element within the improvement of its 2022 automotive, in addition to touchdown a DTM drive for this season.
Red Bull announced on Friday that Perez would be staying for 2022 after crew principal Christian Horner known as his transition into the squad “seamless”. Perez has scored one race win and one different podium this yr.
With a return to Purple Bull shut off for subsequent yr, the one different crew Albon may be a part of to stay inside the power drink big’s personal squads is AlphaTauri, who is predicted to retain Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.
Talking on Friday after Perez’s new deal had been introduced, Horner revealed that Purple Bull is now seeking to see if there are every other F1 seats that Albon may take for subsequent yr.
“Alex nonetheless stays an vital a part of the crew,” Horner stated.
“He is performed a key position this yr and he’ll proceed to play that position.
“We’re simply taking a look at if there are any choices in Formulation 1 for him for subsequent yr.
“However within the occasion that he is not in a race seat, he shall be performing the identical position that he has carried out for us this yr.”
Alexander Albon, Purple Bull Racing RB15
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Outdoors of the Purple Bull-owned groups, Alfa Romeo and Williams are the one outfits with two free seats for 2022. A Purple Bull-backed driver hasn’t raced for a crew outdoors of Purple Bull or AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso since Carlos Sainz Jr drove for Renault in 2017-18.
Albon has been linked with a potential transfer into IndyCar for subsequent yr. Albon attended an IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this month, and was “talking to lots of people”, according to team owner Dale Coyne.
Horner stated that Albon had been doing “an enormous quantity of labor on 2022” and was taking part in a “essential position”, which means it might be vital for Purple Bull to retain him in his present capability “except after all he has a possibility to go racing”.
Requested how probably that was, Horner replied: “You by no means know. However he’s a succesful man, he’s a fast driver.
“He’s doing job within the DTM, gained his first race final weekend. And he is an vital a part of our crew.”