Pirelli imagine Alex Albon achieved one thing not seen in Components 1 for 12 years on the Australian Grand Prix.
Albon, who began behind the grid having incurred a three-place penalty for a collision with Lance Stroll within the earlier race, ended up ending tenth to convey Williams their first level of the season.
To take action, he benefited from an uncommon technique. Beginning on the exhausting C2 tyres, Albon avoided doing what the others in the identical state of affairs did, particularly stopping for a set of mediums mid-race, even when two Security Automobile intervals offered preferrred alternatives to take action.
As a substitute, the Thai driver saved going and going, discovering his means as much as seventh place on the highway, till making a last-gasp cease for comfortable tyres to be able to fulfil the requirement of utilizing two totally different compounds.
It was nip and tuck as as to whether Albon would make it again out forward of Zhou Guanyu to assert tenth place, however he did so and beat the Alfa Romeo racer by 2.3 seconds – ending simply 3.1sec behind ninth-placed Pierre Gasly.
Mario Isola, who heads up Pirelli’s Components 1 programme, mentioned no person had performed what Albon had achieved since 2010 in Components 1.
“That is the primary time in 12 years I’ve seen a technique like this, the place a automotive runs from the beginning on the identical set of tyres for your entire race. A exceptional strategy,” mentioned Isola.
The closest within the meantime might have been Nico Rosberg in 2014 at Sochi. In making an unsuccessful try and cross his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton within the opening exchanges, the German flat-spotted his tyres and made a pit-stop on the finish of lap one.
Sticking with these tyres till the tip of the race, Rosberg did primarily the reverse of Albon and ended up ending second to Hamilton, 13 seconds behind.
Requested if others will now attempt to replicate Albon’s strategy in future, Isola mentioned: “It depends upon the load on the tyre, and the Security Automobile helped after all. Williams had been in a position to make the most effective use of the tyre, with good pace. That is vital data.
“With the decrease temperature of the tyre-warmers and this new vary of compounds, tyre heating is a possible downside. Additionally, the primary laps after a Security Automobile restart are harder as a result of you must heat up the tyre in the best means. That is actually fairly exceptional. I’m nonetheless scratching my head as to how that is doable!”
And the Italian additionally thought there might have been an additional level accessible for Albon.
Isola mentioned: “They clearly did their very own calculations but when they’d stopped a number of laps earlier, they might have been chasing the quickest lap as effectively. With the comfortable tyre, that’s achievable!”