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Albon: Williams FW46 a totally different car to understand

alex albon williams f1 testing bahrain

Alex Albon revealed that Williams has ironed out many of last year’s problems with the new FW46 but may take time to hit their stride when the Formula 1 season starts with the Bahrain Grand Prix next week.

The long-ago former F1 champions moved up from last to seventh last year and have overhauled their car as they seek to build on their improvement.

Watching Bahrain F1 Testing action on Thursday, Thai driver Albon told journalists: “We’ve fixed a lot of the problem areas from last year but there’s some new things we have to iron out. Part of the learning curve but it’s going well so far.

“It is tricky to put an absolute number on it. What’s clear is it’s going to take a while to get there,” he added of the improvement. It’s a totally different car to understand. I don’t think we’re going to hit the ground running but we can hit the ground jogging and have a good few races hopefully,” explained Albon.

The Williams FW46 had a difficult first day in Bahrain on Wednesday with Albon doing 40 laps and American teammate Logan Sargeant only 21 due to a fuel pump failure and driveshaft problem respectively. Thursday proved much more positive, with Sargeant covering 117 laps.

Sargeant told F1TV: “We still had a couple of issues throughout the day. Generally a positive day. We made good headway in the right direction. We know the direction we need to keep heading in… there’s plenty of things we still need to fix.”

The American said he was still fighting the car more than he would like: “It’s still a good car, we just need to iron out the details, get the balance in a slightly better place but we have plenty of ideas and tricks.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)