Williams driver Alexander Albon still qualified fourth in Zandvoort, while it was expected that Williams should be able to do better in Monza. Although Albon could be found in the top ten in both training sessions, he fears that a repeat of the qualifying result from the Netherlands is not possible.
Despite the fact that Williams seems to be taking the most points in recent years at the faster circuits, Albon is not enjoying it so much. “I don’t think there are drivers who enjoy driving with little downforce,” Albon opens at Formula1.com afterwards. ‘It went okay, we completed a bit of an alternative program compared to the rest’, says Albon, who started FP2 with soft tires and then switched to the medium rubber. Most teams did that the other way around. In the first free practice, Albon also drove his race simulation on the soft tires, while the drivers from Red Bull Racing, Mercedes and Ferrari took a different approach and drove on the hard tyres.
“The medium tires are important in Q2, of course, and we want to make sure we make it to Q3,” Albon explains the alternative program. ‘It all feels good. I’m happy, and the car feels good. In the shorter runs we still have some points for attention, but nothing that cannot be solved, but everything is fine.’ Williams therefore seems to be able to count on a good weekend again.
It will be difficult to repeat Zandvoort
There is no positive surprise from Zandvoort this weekend, Albon fears. “Surprisingly, we don’t expect to perform that much better than in Zandvoort, but it went so well there that we approach the weekend with a positive feeling, but we have to temper expectations a bit,” the Williams driver shares. Spa was a bit of a wake-up call, it’s also a track with little down pressure, and we weren’t that competitive there. I think we started this weekend stronger than in Spa, but I don’t think we’re as competitive as we were in Zandvoort, but we’re in and that’s important. I don’t want to speak too soon, but the goal is clearly to get points on Sunday.’
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