Alex Albon

Albon: Just put gravel and we’ll be fine

Alex Albon

Formula 1 should introduce more gravel traps if it wants to solve its track limits problem, says Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.

A regular issue that has been particularly prominent at the last two Formula 1 grands prix, drivers have seen dozens of lap times deleted due to exceeding track limits at Portimao and Imola.

Albon, who had eight laps deleted across practice and qualifying on Saturday – including one in Q3 – has argued F1 should simply use the traditional deterrent rather than rely on definitions of track limits that drivers can struggle with at high speed.

“Honestly, I don’t know why we’re changing different corners and different track limits,” he said after qualifying. “Just put gravel and we’ll be fine.

“I’m sure people will comment that drivers need to respect [track limits] but we’re pushing out there and these cars are so well built that, for us, there is basically no risk or punishment for going too wide. It’s just pure lap time. The more you can get close to that white line you’ll just go faster and faster.

“It all comes more down to the circuits. If you think about, say, Nurburgring, that’s a great example of a good track with good exit kerbs and then gravel straight away.”

Ultimately qualifying sixth in his Red Bull, Albon finished 0.396 seconds behind teammate Max Verstappen in P3 and 0.070s behind AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in P4, but indicated he was overall pleased with his performance.

“It was an okay session and actually through qualifying I was just getting better and better,” he explained. “Obviously I had that lap deleted in Q3. It’s that thing where you’re in your head and you’ve got to put it behind you and just focus on the next run.

“But at the same time, you know that you want to do a lap as well. So it was kind of that feeling. But otherwise, it was okay.”