Horner: Albon delivered everything we could’ve asked for

Alexander Albon, Christian Horner, Helmut Marko

Alexander Albon’s performance in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was further proof of his quality, says Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Starting ninth on the grid, Albon put together a series of passing maneuvers to come through to fifth at the flag, earning high praise from his team principal in the process.

“Alex wasn’t happy with his Q3 performance on Saturday, he was a few tenths short of where he would have liked to have been on the soft tyre, but his performance again on Sunday was fantastic,” Horner said in his weekly column on the Red Bull website.

“He really delivered everything we could have asked for in that respect and, in another couple of laps he would have been on Charles Leclerc’s tail.

“What really impressed me was his race craft. It was clean but firm and extremely brave with some great overtakes around the outside of Copse being the real stand-out.”

A target of heavy criticism from outside observers for his performances relative to teammate Max Verstappen this season, Horner suggested people were expecting too much from a driver with only 26 races of Formula 1 experience.

“It is all about confidence and everyone has to remember that Alex has not got a lot of F1 experience compared to his teammate. People say F1 is not a finishing school, but in many ways it is as these drivers are constantly learning and evolving.

“Max would tell you the exact same thing, it takes time to perfect everything when you are competing against the best at the top of any sport.

“It is a steep learning curve, particularly when the car is a little moody on occasions but we are all working to get the best out of the car and both drivers.”

After five races in 2020, Albon sits sixth in the driver’s championship on 36 points, 41 behind second-placed Verstappen.