Albon arrived at Williams at the start of the season and actually replaced Russell, who made a widely-expected move to Mercedes for 2022.
Both have settled into their new teams well this season, too, with Russell finishing every race inside the top 5 so far this year, and Albon regularly maximising the performance of his Williams and getting a handful of points on the board too.
Certainly, it’s been good to see Albon driving so well after a tough period with Red Bull and it serves as a reminder of the talent that he has behind the wheel.
Russell, though, is not surprised by the work he has seen from him:
“I think Alex has done an exceptional job.
“There was obviously no secret, he had a tough time at Red Bull, but I think all of us, even probably Max [Verstappen] included, knew how talented Alex was.
“We’ve all raced each other since 2011.
“Alex was a few years older than us, so he was sort of competing against [Nyck] De Vries at the time in KF1 I remember.
“And he’s always been there, he’s always been one of the very best. So it’s no surprise to me and [I’m] happy to see that he’s back in Formula 1 and, I think, has cemented his position.”
Both drivers are having fine seasons so far and they’ll be looking for that to continue in Azerbaijan this weekend as F1 heads to Baku.