Red Bull to sign Alex Albon amid Lewis Hamilton move

Alex Albon is set to return to Red Bull as Max Verstappen's team-mate, with Sergio Perez's time coming to an end.

Red Bull has purportedly extended an offer to Alex Albon, presenting him with a “first option” opportunity as speculation swirls around his future in Formula 1.

The reigning champions aim to secure a priority choice on the 27-year-old’s services, granting them the prerogative to bring him back for a span of three years commencing in 2026, as per Motorsport.

Should Albon acquiesce, he would reunite with Red Bull six years subsequent to his demotion, a consequence of perceived underperformance alongside Max Verstappen during an 18-month tenure.

This prospect signifies a remarkable reversal of fortunes for Albon, who would also reclaim the position he ceded to Sergio Perez, chosen as his replacement for the 2021 season.

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Following commendable stints with Williams in 2022 and 2023, Albon’s standing has soared to unprecedented heights.

Speculation regarding his future intensified following Lewis Hamilton’s unforeseen move to Ferrari for 2025, with Albon emerging as a potential contender to succeed the seven-time world champion at Mercedes.

Furthermore, there has been mounting conjecture about a potential resurgence with Red Bull, with certain reports even suggesting a multi-year contract offer from 2025 onwards.

However, these reports are purportedly inaccurate and have been dismissed by Williams team principal James Vowles as mere speculation.

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During Williams’ 2024 car launch, Vowles disclosed that Albon remains contractually bound to Williams until the culmination of the 2025 season.

The alleged first option proposal from Red Bull would honour Albon’s existing contractual commitments, affording him the opportunity to fulfil his tenure with Williams before rejoining the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

This offer implies Red Bull’s willingness to retain Perez, whose contract expires at year-end, for an additional season.