Albon was surprised by the third place in the training session
Williams driver Alexander Albon admitted he himself was surprised by his third-place finish in the second practice session of the Dutch Grand Prix. As for continuing, although he knows that he will face a very difficult task, he aims to maintain a good position.
The Thai pilot scored several impressive results in the first half of the season, thanks to which his team is currently in seventh place in the league standings (the team that has been striving for victories has long been far ahead). He seemed to have managed to maintain his momentum after the summer break, as he started the free practice sessions with fifth and third places in the Netherlands.
After the second practice session, he admitted that the result surprised him too, but he felt very comfortable behind the wheel from the first laps, so although he knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task, he indicated that he would also like to maintain his good position in the time trial.
“That was a bit of a surprise.” I confess. “I can honestly say that I felt good in the car from the first moment, even at the start of the first practice session.” – He added and then indicated that it was expected to change on Saturday, given that sixteen cars shut down within seconds on Friday.
“I’ve seen this before. We obviously don’t know what the others did. It sure seems like they’d probably go with a heavier car. But if we’re lighter, we’ll still have a good day, and even if we’re not.” He continued with confidence.
“Our pace is still good. It’s going to be tight, but it’s really tight here anyway– and noted that the path is also very narrow.Now I don’t want to appear pessimistic, because I’m very optimistic. I am sure that everyone will move forward. But obviously we will try to maintain this position. But we’ll see what comes of it on Saturday.”
Regarding the time trial, he noted that the biggest challenge would be the traffic, as the lucky outcome is coded, but also the fact that someone would lose a lot with it. “It’s going to be tough. But it’s always been. That tends to be a problem here. These tires need a rest cycle each, and when you do it you can get into heavy traffic. Even on the coolant circuits you have to tiptoe.” He said.
Albon’s rookie teammate, Logan Sargeant, also started well: he finished seventh in the first session, but finished outside the top ten in the second session. “This is the first time I’m driving on this trackThe young American pointed out in his statement. “It’s like riding a roller coaster, and reminds me of a faster version of Monaco. We had a good Friday, and the car was in good shape from the start. Even with the fuel level, it looks good, I feel good behind the wheel. We got off to a good start and now the focus will be on fine tuning. The weather can be tough, but I’m ready!”