Alexander Albon again did himself a disservice on Friday in his attempt to keep his seat at Red Bull. Team boss Christian Horner is disappointed by the crash of the Thai during the second practice in Bahrain.
“Hopefully he can get out of this crash soon. Because two weeks ago in Istanbul and earlier today he did better and better,” Horner said. Motorsport.
“His feedback about the car was very similar to that of Max Verstappen. Since he has not been able to drive on the medium tires now, he is still behind. But hopefully things will be better tomorrow.”
Albon lost control of his Red Bull halfway through the second practice on the exit of a corner and shot hard into the wall. He was able to leave the wreckage of his car on his own, but the session had to be stopped with a red flag so that the debris of the car could be cleaned up.
“Fortunately the engine was still okay”, Horner noted with relief. “But otherwise a lot is broken, the mechanics will have to work hard tonight.”
Albon surprised by lack of grip
The 24-year-old Albon fights for his place at Red Bull in the last races of the season. The team management announced earlier that it would consider putting an experienced driver next to Verstappen next year, but also that Albon will still have the chance to prove himself.
“It was something I could have prevented,” Albon said guiltily of his crash. “I was surprised by the lack of grip. I held back a little, but unfortunately not enough.”
“If you ride with one wheel on the track and the other next to it, something like that can happen. Crashes like this are never fun, but I’m fine.”
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Verstappen is not surprised that Mercedes is faster
With a seventh and tenth fastest time, Albon couldn’t really impress in the first two practices. Verstappen did significantly better with a sixth and second fastest time.
De Limburger spoke of a “positive Friday” on his own website. “In the first practice we tested some things on the car that didn’t really do what we wanted. But the second free practice went okay.”
“You can see that Mercedes is still faster, but that’s no surprise. We have to focus on finding a better balance in the car and then focus on the race, because the tires are very tricky here. There is a lot of wear and tear. lap after lap “, said Verstappen.
Bahrain GP Program
- Third training: Saturday noon
- Qualifying: Saturday 3 p.m.
- Race: 3.10 p.m.