As rumors of Alexander Albon joining Williams in 2022 as a substitute for George Russell are intensifying, Toto Wolff emphasized that having a Red Bull driver working with a Mercedes engine would be difficult to tolerate.
Wolff is currently in a tricky situation, once again finding himself in opposition with Christian Horner, this time to find a Formula One seat for his Formula E protege Nyck De Vries. On the other side of the negotiation table, Horner is pushing to find a new place in Formula One for his former driver Albon.
Recent rumors are suggesting that one of the drivers is likely to sign with Williams while the other would logically have to knock on Alfa Romeo’s door to seize a seat for the 2022 season. Wolff already denied being against the idea of seeing Albon make his Formula One comeback although the team manager recently went deeper into the subject, suggesting that driving for Williams with a Red Bull contract would be problematic.
“We are supporting Nyck de Vries, obviously, and he’s in talks with Williams to get the seat there. So there’s quite some balls in the air,” Wolff said.
“With Albon as I said yesterday, he’s a driver that deserves his seat in Formula 1. But it’s tricky to have a 100% Red Bull driver on a Mercedes power unit.
“So, happy to work with him as long as they let him free from his Red Bull contract.”