Albon backed by train of cars battling him for 10th in Spa F1 race

Albon backed by train of cars battling him for 10th in Spa F1 race

Starting sixth after reaching Q3, Albon took advantage of other drivers getting penalties, and found himself clinging to the points-paying positions throughout the race.

Albon came under pressure from Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll early in the final stint, but the Williams’ impressive top speed allowed him to keep the Canadian at bay.

As Stroll struggled to get through, he was caught by Lando Norris, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu and Daniel Ricciardo, all of whom had DRS on the car in front of them.

But Albon held on and finished 10th for the train of cars behind, scoring his and Williams’ fourth point of the 2022 season.

“It was one of the best races I’ve had in Formula 1 in my opinion,” Albon said.

“It felt like that last stint just kept going, I wasn’t allowed to make mistakes, otherwise we would be passed right away.

“But the top speed saved us a bit, and I was happy to see the checkered flag.”

Alex Albon, Williams Racing

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Unfazed by the growing number of cars in his mirrors, Albon said: “The more I saw, the better I felt.

“I was like, you know what, the train is forming, that’s fun, that means everybody’s a little busy themselves. If only you and the car are behind it, they can afford to fall back, they can come back to you, do other things.

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“But when there is a train, everyone has to follow the speed and they can’t afford to cool the tires or the brakes, whatever it may be.

“When I saw the train I thought yes, well, bring it on!”

Albon also managed to break into the points in both Australia and Miami thanks to unconventional strategies, but he felt Spa had been “almost a pure race” serving as a boost for Williams to move forward.

“Of course we had a good race in Melbourne, we had a good race in Miami,” said Albon.

“We had the same strategy today as everyone else, and we couldn’t be as creative just because the degrees were so high today.

“So it was one of those things where it felt like it might not be my best race, but it felt like given what we had and the speed we had today I had a really good track to get a point .

“It’s great for the team and for everyone, that’s the positivity that we have to carry with us in the coming races. It gives us a lot of confidence to go into races like Monza and these low downforce tracks.

“I think we can do well.”