Williams driver Alex Albon was content with his recent P7 finish in Monza but doubts the team will stand a chance in the next flurry of races on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.
The 2023 Italian Grand Prix saw Albon put his Williams car to good use, with low drag being the main reason why the Thai driver looked so quick on the straights, as he managed to hold off the rest of the grid to secure a seventh-place position, a wonderful result for the Oxfordshire based team.
Williams’ impressive, but unexpected run of form has propelled them up the constructors’ standings, as they sit in seventh, a position they are very much unfamiliar with. After the race in Monza, Albon showed cautious optimism towards his car, highlighting that the next couple of races will be very difficult for the team.
Speaking on the matter, he said: “I think it’s a good step. I worry about tracks like Brazil, this kind of races. But I hope we’re in a better place now. We needed that, because I don’t think the next few races, we’re not really going to stand a chance until Vegas. Not to say that we’re gonna take our foot off the pedal but… a good points finish here was what we needed.
Alex: We are better than we were last year
Speaking to Motorsport.com, if he is in agreement with the next races maybe not being as bad as Williams are anticipating, Albon responded: “Exactly. For sure not. I think we still see our weaknesses, you know, we are low downforce.
“We are better than we were last year, but especially when the track gets hot and the degradation is high we really struggle. And this was a race where we struggled, on a track that should suit us.
“I think if the track was 20 degrees cooler we would have been really fast, maybe. But still some work to do. We go to Asia now, it gets hot, go to America, it’s kind of hot as well there,” the Albon concluded.
Clear cautious optimism from the Williams driver here, who can see the amazing run of form he and the team have had thus far, but upcoming tracks on the calendar keep the team on their toes, where good results will be a little harder to obtain.