After being disqualified from qualifying for a fuel sample issue, he started last on the grid.
Rolling out on hard tyres, Alex advanced from P20 to P13 to P7 by lap 40. If it wasn’t for a mandatory pit stop, he would’ve been higher up. The Thai driver finished P10. He scored his own and his team’s first point this season.
It was good – it was a hard one. We fought hard and it was like qualifying for 30 laps for us. I don’t know what it is about that tyre but that hard tyre suits us every time we put it on. Of course, P10 seems unimaginable to us and when you come into your race strategy meeting [the expectation is] P19 and P20 and we had a big chunk to P18 – but it worked. And we had a slow stop, I think the front-left [tyre] was a little slow, but it almost suited us because I almost came up right beside Zhou [Guanyu] and he couldn’t switch back or get a run into Turn 3. So that was the plan…
The 26-year old improved his pace and gained good ground. As the fuel decreased, he sped up even faster. It was truly incredible.
The Londoner shared, “We have to understand why we’re good on that tyre compared to the others. At this rate we just need to bring 10 sets of [hards] into the weekend and just qualify, race, do everything on it!”
Alex Albon sits 16th with 1 points in the driver standings. Williams is ninth with 1 point in the constructor standings.
Williams CEO and Team Principal Jost Capito said, “To get a point early in the season is good for the team and I’m extremely happy for everyone – the team deserved this. We’ve had a difficult start to the season, and even yesterday was difficult, but that’s the good thing about racing – things can change on Sunday and it’s not over until it’s over. If you keep pushing and always stay motivated, keep the team alive and believing in itself, then fortunes can change.”
Three races in, it’s an improvement for the team. They’ll be looking to score more points at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix during the weekend of 22-24 April.
Headline Image Credit: Williams.
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