The Red Bull Albon reserve will compete for the Mercedes-powered Williams team next year alongside Nicholas Latifi after competing in the DTM in 2021.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said during the Italian Grand Prix weekend that Albon’s contract with the Grove-based team contained clauses to protect the intellectual property of the German automaker’s F1 engine.
“What was important to us was that if a pilot from another powertrain manufacturer joins the team, there are very strict and clear IP confidentiality clauses,” Wolff said.
“It has always been very much in harmony with Williams, they know exactly where we are coming from and what is important to protect.”
Although Albon has been released by Red Bull, he remains in a relationship and has “future options” to work together again.
The Anglo-Thai driver admitted, however, that he still didn’t know what the clauses meant.
“I have no idea, to be honest,” Albon said. “We haven’t talked about that yet. Things are still going on. We’ll have to wait and see what they are.”
Albon raced for Red Bull in 2020, but was replaced by Sergio Perez for this season, remaining his reserve driver.
Alexander Albon, Red Bull Racing
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The 25-year-old concedes it would be “silly” to rule out a return to Milton Keynes’ squad, but insists he is only focusing on his short-team future.
“I would say it would be silly not to think that Red Bull is a team that I might come back to,” he added. “At the moment, I don’t really think long term like that.
“I really feel like I have to focus right now this year on my main priority, which obviously is to make us win the championship, and then next year will be all about Williams and developing the car and making sure that we have a good year and I continue to grow on that side.
“It’s a lot of dreams, let’s say, if you think about the future. I just feel like right now I have to do the best I can, focus on the short term and see what happens. ‘waits.”
Albon has said his ties to Red Bull mean he will always wear the brand of the energy drink giant, but believes there will be nothing on the Williams car.
“Again, still going. Most likely, I could have my helmet still marked with Red Bull. But that’s probably about it.”