Red Bull reserve driver Albon will believe a racing return to F1 subsequent year after signing for Williams, having dropped off the grid on the head of the 2020 season.
Albon will partner Nicholas Latifi subsequent year, replacing the Mercedes-certain Russell, who is a detailed friend of the Anglo-Thai driver.
Albon and Russell raced towards every other via grand of their careers, stretching inspire to budge karting, and both graduated from F2 on the head of 2018.
Albon mentioned that Russell had been “very supportive” in helping gain him the Williams seat, nonetheless printed the team’s bosses told him they’d to employ their friendship into fable when gauging Russell’s belief.
“Clearly George is a detailed friend of mine,” Albon mentioned.
“I’d almost suppose [he was] too supportive, as I be aware that the board guys announcing like, ‘you perceive we are in a position to now not in point of fact employ George’s belief because he’s so supportive of you’, so it became very humorous about that.
“I mentioned I owe him a pair of beers. Optimistically we’ll snatch dinner and we are in a position to believe a good time our strikes together.”
Russell expressed his self assurance that Albon would succeed with Williams, having obtained journey with AlphaTauri and Red Bull all the very best blueprint via 2019 and 2020.
“I’m extremely overjoyed to look Alex inspire in Map 1, I in point of fact take into consideration he deserves a chance on this grid,” Russell mentioned.
“I in point of fact judge he’s undoubtedly one of many excellent drivers, even supposing he had a extremely now not easy time at Red Bull.
“Williams is basically the correct region for him to budge and believe. I’ve been there for the previous three years, I do know the blueprint the team are, I do know the blueprint Jost [Capito] operates as neatly, and obviously I do know Alex in point of fact neatly as neatly.
“So I’m certain they’ll be a a success mixture.”