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Albon concerned about rivals AlphaTauri after his DNF at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

The Thai-British driver did not make it past Turn 1 In Sunday’s race after colliding with both Haas drivers

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After scoring no points last weekend in Sao Paulo, Alex Albon believes Williams have allowed AlphaTauri back into the race for seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship. 

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Albon’s crash at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix that led to his first lap DNF. Credit: Vince Mignott/MB Media via Getty Images

Coming into the final sprint weekend of the season in Brazil, Williams had a 12-point lead over both AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo in the standings.

However, after Yuki Tsunoda scored three points in the Sprint race and two points in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, the gap between the two teams is now only seven points with two races remaining this season.

For Williams and Albon in particular, round 21 of the campaign was one to forget. As the lights went out on Sunday, pure chaos ensued after the Thai-British driver made contact with Nico Hulkenberg.

The impact between both drivers pushed Albon into the path of Hulkenberg’s team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who’s collision saw both men hit the barriers as they both headed into Turn 1. The debris on track caused the race to be halted for a period of time after the Red flag was brought out.

Despite Albon’s DNF and Logan Sargent missing out narrowly on a top ten finish in P11, their rivals AlphaTauri would go on to pick up a total of five points across the weekend.

Albon disappointed with first lap DNF

Speaking to the media, including RacingNews365, Albon admitted to being frustrated with how the start of the race went, which led to his first lap DNF, as he now believes that this result has opened up the gap for a championship rival to take.

“The last three races, so Mexico, the Sprint and [Brazil], we’ve been number one [on the grid] for starts.”

“We had three very good starts in a row, and sometimes it works for you like in Mexico, and sometimes it works against you like it did [here].”

“It is so frustrating, but I don’t think I could have done any different, I was as far to the right as I could be, but the Haas [of Nico Hulkenberg] went across a little bit and squeezed the middle Haas of [Magnussen], and that was it really.”

“It is just unfortunate because races like this are what you want, a Ferrari [of Charles Leclerc] is out, Daniel [Ricciardo] is a lap down, [Oscar] Piastri is a lap down, and now there is a chance to score points.”

“These are the races we do well at, we scrap at, and it is open for one of our championship rivals to take.”

With AlphaTauri now being the closest challengers to Williams in the Constructors’ standings after they moved to within seven points of the iconic British team, can Williams hold onto seventh place in the championship with two races to go in 2023?

Feature Image Credit: (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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