Rightly so or not, Alexander Albon is under a magnifying glass because he’s struggling to keep up with Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen’s pace this season. The British Thai did not do themselves any good with a crash in the second free practice at Silverstone.
“Even if it wasn’t that bad,” said Albon – who luckily is unharmed – about his crash. “I just lost the back suddenly, very abruptly, and had trouble correcting it,” he explains. “I thought for a moment that I had just taken care of the car, but it suddenly swung violently back and forth,” Albon explains how shortly afterwards he hit the guardrail with the back and then the front.
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“We just need to investigate what exactly happened,” continues Albon, saying there were “enough positives today despite this incident.” For example, he finished VT2 in second place, only 0.090 seconds behind fastest man Lance Stroll. “As a team, I also think we have definitely taken a step.”
The latter is endorsed by Verstappen, who also stated that Red Bulls RB16 is doing a lot better at Silverstone. Albon admits that the team did not expect it to go pretty well right away, “but the car felt good from the first lap in the first training session,” said the driver who first saw his new race engineer Simon Rennie is assisted.
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“I am pretty sure that Mercedes has kept a lot in reserve so we have to keep a close eye on them on Saturday, but if we look at ourselves purely, the balance of the car is a lot better and we also understand the car better.” The track and weather conditions will be different this weekend, Albon knows: “So that’s kind reset, but it looks good so far. ”