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Friday ‘best the car has felt all year’ in French GP practice

Friday 'best the car has felt all year' in French GP practice

Alex Albon stated that his Williams was “the best the car has felt all year” during practice for the French Grand Prix.

The Red Bull-backed driver finished in the top 10 in Practice 1 before slipping back to 16th at the end of the second session at Paul Ricard.

Despite the position on the timesheet, Albon was satisfied with his working day.

“It was a really good day today,” he said via Formula1.com.

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“We were actually out of the box in FP1, it felt good to drive – actually the best the car has felt all year so far – so I’m really happy.

“Obviously we’re still looking more at the bottom half of the field, but I think there’s a lot of potential in the car and I’m happy.

“I think this job suits us, for whatever reason. We’ll see tomorrow.”

This is now the third weekend that Albon has received a radically upgraded Williams package, taking the car in the same direction as Red Bull in philosophy.

As for team-mate Nicholas Latifi, however, he didn’t get the new parts for the first time until Friday, as he finished slowest in both sessions.

Still, the London-born Thai driver was enthusiastic about how the Williams handled the technical challenges surrounding Paul Ricard.

“So there are things we do that help optimize the car, and it feels good together,” Albon explained.

“I think it’s a track that’s not easy. It has long corners, low speed corners, high speed corners, you need a car that is quite adaptable. The wind is always quite open here, so you get those crosswinds that cause imbalance in the car.

“It looks like it’s actually a circuit that puts the car to the test and today it’s… [been] to perform well.”