Williams’ Alex Albon speaks out on replacing Lewis Hamilton amid Mercedes links

Alex Albon is one of the favourites to sign for Mercedes (Photo: Getty)

Alex Albon insists his focus is only on the upcoming Formula One season, with the Williams driver one of the favourites to replace Sir Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Following the bombshell news that the seven-time champion will be leaving the Silver Arrows for Ferrari in 2025, speculation is rife as to who will partner George Russell next year.

Mercedes say they will not rush the decision with a wide variety of names in contention, including retired four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

Albon has emerged as one of the bookies favourites following two impressive seasons with Williams, with the Thai driver near single-handedly helping the British team beat their rivals to seventh in the standings in 2023.

The 27-year-old previously raced for Red Bull where he struggled to match Max Verstappen for pace but it is acknowledged that he was put into that seat too soon and that he’s a far better racer now.

Williams launched their striking 2024 car – the FW46 – on Monday, and at the launch, Albon was quizzed about how he felt being compared among the best drivers on the grid.

‘It’s great. In some ways it’s confidence fulfilling to know that there’s talk but you’re doing you own job at the end of the day.

‘It’s true the “silly season” market has moved very, very early compared to normal and people have their building blocks in place already.

‘All eyes are on the end of this year really and at that point I’m excited to see where we are. We’ve got everything in place now to have a good car.’

Lewis Hamilton’s replacement at Mercedes odds:

Carlos Sainz – 6/4

Alex Albon – 2/1

Fernando Alonso – 5/1

Daniel Ricciardo – 8/1

Esteban Ocon – 16/1

Andrea Kimi Antonelli – 25/1

Sergio Perez – 33/1

Mick Schumacher – 50/1

Sebastian Vettel – 100/1

Odds courtesy of BonusCodeBets

Pressed more about the speculation linking him with a move, he added: ‘When you take everything apart all that really matters is you performance that’s all that’s gong to attract or not attract teams.

‘But I love working at this team, I love seeing what we’re doing, the progress. I want to see how big of a jump we make this year. There is a certain expectation that I have with the car to see how it does but time will tell.

‘Despite Lando [Norris] and Charles [Leclerc] signing up very early this year, there’s still a lot of time to make a decision.’

Albon will first have the chance to prove his worth to Mercedes at the season opening race in Bahrain on March 2nd.

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