While many of the 2022 F1 grid are accustomed to the Dash format, there are a small quantity for whom it will likely be a brand new expertise. Alex Albon is amongst these participating for the primary time.
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Alex Albon admits he’s eager to face the challenges of his first-ever Dash on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, in addition to hoping to capitalise on any alternatives it might current.
The brand new format made its debut at three race weekends throughout the 2021 F1 season, and can once more be held at three Grands Prix in 2022, with Imola being the primary.
On condition that Albon spent final yr on the sidelines as a check and reserve driver for Crimson Bull, he has but to participate in a Dash race, however is hopeful about what he can obtain within the upcoming occasion.
“It is my first time competing within the Dash occasion format, so I am wanting ahead to the marginally completely different strategy to the weekend and each the challenges and alternatives it can convey,” the British-Thai driver mentioned in Williams’ race preview.
Can Albon proceed the Williams momentum?
Albon scored Williams’ first level of the marketing campaign final day trip in Australia, with the group opting to run an uncommon technique the place the motive force used the identical set of Arduous compound tyres for 57 laps of the 58-lap race.
He’s now hoping that the momentum could be carried by to Imola.
“Traditionally the group have gone fairly effectively at Imola, so we’ll get our heads down and see what we will do,” Albon commented.
“We had an incredible race out in Melbourne and the group did an unbelievable job with the technique, so hopefully we will use that momentum to maintain pushing this weekend.”
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Except for Albon’s factors end in Melbourne, Williams haven’t had the best begin to the 2022 season, with Nicholas Latifi but to report a end result greater than P16.
Nonetheless, the Canadian driver is wanting ahead to seeing what the Dash can convey on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
“I am tremendous excited to hit the observe in Imola,” Latifi defined.
“It is the primary Dash occasion of the yr so I am wanting ahead to that format and the alternatives it provides. It additionally offers an extra problem for the groups, which shall be much more fascinating while we’re nonetheless studying about these new automobiles.
“The Emilia Romagna observe is one which has tended to swimsuit our automotive in earlier years and it is definitely one which I get pleasure from driving; an actual old skool circuit with a variety of nice corners and curbs. I am wanting ahead to it!”
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