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Horner: Alex has to try and put it out of his mind

While the ‘body-language’ in the Red Bull pit garage, after Alex Albon binned it in a big way during the second free practice for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, suggested otherwise the Thai driver’s team want him to move on from it ASAP.

Alex destroyed the RB16 exiting the fast final turn onto the start/finish straight at Sakhir halfway through FP2. It was a big one, the driver thankfully walked away unharmed physically.

Red Bull have been overly sympathetic to Alex’s cause, no driver given so much leeway to mess-up as the likeable 24-year-old who, all can see, is out of his depth and can’t figure a way to surface.

Typically, Horner was on the defensive, when he told Sky F1, “He’s just got to try and put it out of his mind. Actually in Istanbul and so far this weekend, in terms of characteristics and his feeling from the car, it’s been better and better and his feedback has been very consistent compared to Max’s.

“It’s a great shame he’s had that accident… tomorrow’s another day,” added the Red Bull team boss.

While Alex did enough to secure tenth place on the timesheets, his teammate Max Vesrtappen was over-delivering as usual and split the Mercedes duo at the end of the day suggesting the RB16 may be a podium contender.