How Albon’s pace in Australia surprised a rival team boss

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Regardless of having to start out the Australian GP from the again of the grid, a mixture of intelligent tyre administration and a beneficial Security Automobile interval noticed Alex Albon work his approach as much as end in tenth place, prompting Otmar Szafnauer to declare his shock at Albon's capacity to take care of his tempo on one set of tyres for nearly all the race.

					How Albon's pace in Australia surprised a rival team boss


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Alpine Crew Principal Otmar Szafnauer says he was shocked on the tempo of Alex Albon in Melbourne, with the Williams driver ending tenth after operating all however one lap of the race on the Arduous compound tyre.

Having been disqualified from qualifying after his Williams did not have sufficient gas to provide a pattern, Albon began from the again of the grid at Albert Park, however labored his approach as much as seventh as others made their stops.

With ninth-placed Lance Stroll inadvertently serving to him by holding up a practice of automobiles within the closing phases, Albon was capable of preserve a ok tempo to make his solely pit-stop on Lap 57 of 58 and nonetheless emerge in tenth, forward of Zhou Guanyu.

Talking after the race, Szafnauer famous that he hadn’t anticipated Albon to have the ability to lap so constantly on one set of tyres for such a protracted time frame.

“I wasn’t shocked that they scored a degree; I used to be shocked at their tempo on a 57 lap-old Arduous tyre, so there’s issues to study from it,” Szafnauer instructed media together with

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The French squad’s workforce boss additionally famous that the pure circulate of the race was extra useful to Albon than to Alpine’s personal Fernando Alonso, whose technique was damage by the deployment of the Security Automobile on Lap 28.

Alonso modified onto Medium compound tyres which grained badly after he was caught behind different automobiles, and the Spaniard was then pressured to pit a second time earlier than ending exterior the factors.

“[When the Safety Car was deployed] Fernando was properly forward of Albon,” rued Szafnauer.

“When the Security Automobile got here, had Albon pitted, he would have been in the back of the practice, so you do not do this.

“What you actually hope for is the purple flag, and they also [Williams] did the proper factor, they stayed out.

“Because it turned out, that tyre, even at 50-plus laps, was nonetheless good.

“[Albon] was nonetheless placing good lap instances in, which meant that Fernando, who obtained caught behind the others, ruined his Medium tyres as a result of he was in soiled air, [and] he needed to pit once more.

“Albon did not, and [Williams] completely did the proper factor.”

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					How Albon's pace in Australia surprised a rival team boss

					How Albon's pace in Australia surprised a rival team boss


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