Alex Albon does not expect to make a return to Red Bull Racing in F1 and is focused on maximising his current opportunity with Williams.
Albon has established himself as one of the more reliable drivers this season, consistently getting the best of his teammate Nicholas Latifi.
Despite this respectable return, the Thai driver is hardly considered World Champion material, which rules him out from again competing for Red Bull or Alpha Tauri.
He explained his current outlook to motorsport-total.com:
"There are always talks, but it's no secret that the spots at Red Bull and AlphaTauri are closed.
"I've had a great year so far, and I'm enjoying working with the people there [at Williams]. We're not where we want to be yet, but we're always improving the car. I'm just focused on this season, and what happens in the future, we'll see.
"Even though the Williams is a little strange to drive at times, I think I managed to get the hang of it.
"We made it straight into Q2 on the first race weekend [of the season], with a car that wasn't quite there yet. That was a great start, which allowed me to settle in more quickly."
Albon's short-term future in F1 lies with Williams, who will almost certainly offer him an extension for next season (his current contract expires at the end of this year).
The 26-year-old is a valuable commodity in the driver market, and whilst unlikely to attract attention from the top teams, will have opportunities over the coming seasons to position himself with a preferable midfield team.
It is easy to forget Albon's impressive F1 debut with Toro Rosso just a few years ago, and whilst his trajectory has taken some detours since then, he will be an important part of the midfield transfer markey in years to come.