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When Alex Albon Trolled Williams in Oscar Piastri’s Style Right After Signing His $3 Million Deal

Anirban Aly Mandal

When Alex Albon Trolled Williams in Oscar Piastri’s Style Right After Signing His $3 Million Deal

The 2022 season saw Oscar Piastri leave an impression on the F1 paddock even before he made his eventual debut in 2023. His contract saga with Alpine unfolded on X (formerly Twitter) and was the talk of the town. Alex Albon, used that to his advantage, as the British-Thai driver referenced the infamous Piastri tweet to announce his contract extension with Williams.

The 2021 F2 champion, Piastri was an Alpine academy driver. After his exploits in the junior categories, the Enstone-based team decided to elevate him to F1. Announcing that he would race for the team from 2023 onwards, Alpine put out a press release. However, little did they know that the #81 driver was already lured away by McLaren for a 2023 F1 seat.

This prompted the young Australian to publicly denounce Alpine’s announcement via his own X account. The tweet went viral instantly and has since been embedded into F1 folklore. Albon used Piastri’s ‘template’ and gave it a twist to then announce his own $3,000,000 worth contract extension.

Albon wrote, “I understand that, with my agreement, Williams Racing have put out a press release this afternoon that I am driving for them next year. This is right and I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will be driving for Williams next year.”

Alex Albon repeats hilarious antics to announce another Williams extension

2023 would turn out to be a breakthrough year for both, Piastri and Albon. The Australian went on to register a solid rookie year which saw him bag two podiums for McLaren and the 2023 Qatar GP Sprint win as well. Albon, on the other hand, led his Williams team to a stellar seventh-placed finish in the Constructors’ championship.

His stock has only risen since. Hence, many were surprised to see the British-Thai driver pen yet another contract extension – this time securing his long-term future with the team, seeing him into the 2026 regulation reset with the Grove-based outfit.

True to his form, though, the 28-year-old announced the same on a hilarious note. In a video uploaded to YouTube by the team, Albon revealed that he was on his way, in a car, to “kiss some Stingrays”. This sent his team principal, James Vowles into splits of laughter.

Jokes apart, Albon committing his long-term future to Williams is a crucial moment in the team’s resurgence. He is seen as a team leader and the squad wants to build their title ambitions around him. Paddock experts have even suggested that Albon’s deal may be a pre-cursor to Adrian Newey joining the team very soon.

Post Edited By:Aishwary Gaonkar

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Anirban Aly Mandal

Anirban Aly Mandal


Anirban Aly Mandal is an F1 writer at The SportsRush, with over 1000 articles under his belt, Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 on his computer. With over half a decade's worth of time spent religiously following the sport, he’s dived deep into the world of motorsports. However, Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports and the law. His passion for the sport is so immense that he aspires to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world someday. When it comes to Formula 1, Anirban finds great pleasure in re-watching classic races and idolizes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel. His top picks include Brazil '91, Silverstone '92, and Germany '19. Outside of the sport, Anirban is an avid sim racer, often found racing on titles like Assetto Corsa, F1 22, and Automobilista. Apart from his interests in gaming, Anirban has a keen interest in philosophy, literature and music.

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