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F1 Fast Five: Albon signs contract extension with Williams, Norris swiftly deletes Verstappen's social media post, and other big updates

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Albon signs contract extension with Williams, Norris swiftly deletes Verstappen's social media post, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

Albon signs contract extension with Williams, Norris swiftly deletes Verstappen's social media post, and other big updates
  • Albon signs contract extension with Williams
  • Norris swiftly deletes Verstappen's social media post
  • F1 grid faces unprecedented instability ahead of 2025 season
  • Lando brings home the trophy
  • Williams rumored mid-season swap

Albon signs contract extension with Williams

Williams has extended Alex Albon's contract, keeping him with the team through 2026. Albon joined Williams in 2022 and has shown improvement after a tough stint at Red Bull. Despite a challenging start to the season for Williams, Albon remains committed to the team's long-term project, citing significant progress and a belief in the team's potential. Team Principal James Vowles sees Albon's renewal as a vote of confidence in Williams' journey back to competitiveness, while Albon's 2025 teammate remains undecided amidst poor performance.

Click here to read the full article by Taylor Powling (motorsportweek.com)

Norris swiftly deletes Verstappen's social media post

McLaren's Lando Norris briefly posted a picture of Red Bull's Max Verstappen on social media before taking it down. Norris' original post had been screenshotted before its removal, leading some fans to speculate on social media that the 24-year-old driver had been instructed to take it down. Norris's action hinted at underlying competition between him and Verstappen, despite their apparent friendship. Norris's climb in the Formula 1 standings and his desire to challenge Verstappen suggest potential changes in their relationship.

Click here to read the full article by Tom Parsons (express.co.uk)

F1 grid faces unprecedented instability ahead of 2025 season

As the Formula 1 season progresses, the once stable grid is witnessing a surge in volatility in the driver market for 2025, with several drivers facing uncertain futures. With Lewis Hamilton set to move to Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg securing an early contract with Sauber/Audi, several drivers, including Carlos Sainz and either Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu, face uncertain futures. This upheaval guarantees at least four changes in the grid, which will significantly alter its composition. Amidst this uncertainty, drivers like Esteban Ocon and Bottas find themselves in limbo, while others, such as Logan Sargeant and Zhou Guanyu, face the possibility of leaving F1 altogether.

Click here to read the full article by Scott Mitchell-Malm (the-race.com)

Lando brings home the trophy

McLaren's victory at the Miami Grand Prix was somewhat unexpected but thoroughly deserved. In fact, the celebration of Norris's win didn't stop in Miami; the team marked the occasion at their Woking-based factory. Norris brought the trophy to the McLaren Technology Center and shared a toast with the entire team.

Williams rumored mid-season swap

In-season F1 driver changes are dramatic and often led by Red Bull, but now Williams is considering dropping Logan Sargeant. This potential move aims to gamble on teenage rookie Kimi Antonelli for future success. The possibility of Sargeant's replacement became a key topic at his home race, with rumors suggesting the Miami Grand Prix might be his last.

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