Alex Albon is ‘happy just to jump in the car’, says Williams senior engineer

Alex Albon, is said to have an “excellent attitude” as he approaches a race weekend, according to Dave Robson, Williams F1 car performance leader. He praised the former Red Bull driver for ‘just doing his job’ and bringing maximum efficiency to the cockpit.

Speaking at the FIA ​​press conference ahead of the 2022 Spanish GP, Robson said:

“He is happy just hops in the car and makes the most of what he has. And I think, perhaps above all, his whole attitude towards races has been outstanding. ”

He added:

“He just needs to know about it, know how to manage the tires and just make a really good race, which allows us a little bit of flexibility in strategy.”

Alex Albon returns to F1 this season with Williams after a year on the sidelines. He then immediately set out to prove he was worthy of the sport by delivering some impressive performances in a relatively uncompetitive FW44.

Albon’s impressive ability to maneuver the tires for long periods of time while simultaneously creating his path on the field has allowed Williams to make bold tactical choices this season. Thanks to that, the 26-year-old driver scored two points in the last three races despite starting from behind the net.

According to Robson, Albon strikes an important balance between attacking the cars ahead and managing its tires. He say:

“We haven’t had great qualifying sessions recently but on Sunday he just struck the right balance between being aggressive in attack and defensively.”

He went on to say:

“We knew he was going to respond to it, deal with it and get out of the car in the best way. So I think maybe that’s what impressed me the most was this whole Sunday approach. ”

Albon will start the Spanish GP at P18, hoping to get another point for Williams.


Comparing Alex Albon to former Williams driver George Russell is unfair

Dave Robson believes that comparing Alex Albon to their former driver George Russell is also not necessarily fair, even if it is natural.

While both drivers often outperformed the machines they used during their time at Williams, Robson felt that comparing them would not be a useful exercise. He say:

“I think it’s natural. I think not only because of their time in the team, but also their history has come a long way. I’m not sure the comparison is necessarily fair or helpful.”

He continued:

“I think they are different. But the results at the moment, I think, are probably just as good, or at least as good for Alex.”

so apparently not only Williams but the staff of Alpha Tauri are dyeing their hair red just like Albon

However, Robson says there are some important similarities between good friends, as both have a knack for bringing the whole team together and working towards a common goal.


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