Not like at Crimson Bull, Alex Albon believes he has been in a position to tackle a staff chief position with Williams.
Albon started his Formulation 1 profession within the Crimson Bull ranks, going from junior staff Toro Rosso to Crimson Bull after half a season in 2019 earlier than he was in the end dropped to a reserve and take a look at driver position for the 2021 marketing campaign.
Now although, Albon is again on the grid with Williams and after a disappointing exhibiting in Saudi Arabia, was in a position to bounce again from his exclusion from the qualifying leads to Australia, as a result of staff failing to offer a gasoline pattern, to complete the race P10 and declare Williams’ first level of the season.
Albon has firmly established himself because the better-performing Williams driver over Nicholas Latifi and is basically having fun with the vibe he’s feeling of being a staff chief.
“It’s a distinct place than I used to be in with Crimson Bull and I really feel, greater than something, like I’m a bit extra of a staff chief,” mentioned Albon on the F1 Nation podcast.
“I really feel like I’ve to make use of my expertise in the easiest way doable and develop the automotive with Nicky. I suppose I really feel like I’ve had a yr to mature. I don’t assume I might have finished that in 2020 or 2019.
“I really feel like I’m in a greater place now. So I’m having fun with it. It’s a brand new problem for me.”
Albon drew reward from Pirelli for the acute technique that helped him to that P10 in Australia, the Thai driver solely making his one necessary pit-stop on the penultimate lap.
He was mixing it with the likes of Alfa Romeo and Haas to attain that outcome, each groups who had been rivals of Williams on the again in 2021 however within the opening rounds had comfortably moved away from Williams in the direction of the entrance of the midfield.
Albon mentioned there’s a trace of frustration there, explaining Williams haven’t misplaced floor on the main tempo, as an alternative Haas and Alfa Romeo had simply moved nearer to it – so he was glad to renew competitors with each outfits in Melbourne.
“It’s virtually frustratingly shut for us as a result of it looks as if Alfa and Haas have made that step up they usually have joined the midfield battle,” he mentioned.
“We’re not additional away from the entrance than in earlier years, it’s simply these guys have joined the pack and so it virtually seems like we’re struggling, however Alfa and Haas have finished an incredible job.
“It was good to combine it [with them] and after I was in that group of vehicles, I suppose a part of me was largely trying in my rear-view mirrors.
“However then in a short time I used to be shedding them, pulling away from them and I used to be like ‘oh, okay, right here we go, we’re gapping them’. It was actually good.”