Alex Albon got P9 in Grand Prix qualifying at the 70th Anniversary GP, as he lost out to his Red Bull’s teammate Max Verstappen by almost half a second.
The Thai driver did not expect that the new Soft will be slower than the old Medium tyres.
"I was feeling comfortable and it was looking good up until the final run in Q3 when we went from mediums to softs and I experienced a very different car balance," - Alex said.
"I felt good with the car and I was optimistic going into the last lap but it just completely changed, maybe also with the wind, and I’m obviously not happy with P9. Some teams are able to get the soft tyre to work and we struggled with it today, so we need to understand why. I know there’s also time within myself and that’s just about getting more comfortable and consistent with the car."
However, Alex is looking forward to the race and believes that on Sunday he can unlock the car's potential.
"Tomorrow will be interesting as there are different strategy options available. Last weekend we showed we have a good race car and the pace to move forward no matter what, so the plan tomorrow is to get the most out of our race pace, make up positions and get the job done.”
Moreover, Albon lost even to Pierre Gasly, who drives for Alpha Tauri. So, after the end of the races, Alex said the choice of tyres is the reason for the failure.