Alex Albon is satisfied with his Italian weekend of racing in Imola. Williams managed to get closer to points also today as he finished P11, but what encouraged Albon the most is the progresse the team is making.
An early switch to the dry tyres paid dividends for the Thai driver as he jumped a few cars, including Lewis Hamilton who he overtook on the circuit. He then heroically fended off Gasly and Hamilton later in the race as the pace of the Williams was clearly not at the level of the AlphaTauri or Mercedes.
After the race indeed, Albon commented: “It feels good despite we lost points just for one position. We didn’t have the tyre management neither the pace advantage. But for me the most important thing is that we still make a lot of opportunities.”
As most of the drivers, Albon had troubles after some laps without DRS. He said: “We overtook a couple of car on track and if DRS would have been available a bit earlier, we would have made it a bit earlier. Once everybody found the pace, it was difficult. It was also very difficult to keep Pierre behind me."
After some years struggling by Albon’s point of view, Williams is in the right path to start working and scoring points on a regular basis: “We still not there with pace, but we make opportunities. If we find extra pace with the car, we will score points on a regular basis”
“We have a raceable car. We can overtake when we are quick and we can defend if we are slow. If we would have started in a better position we would have had a better weekend, but I’m still happy with the result."