Alexander Albon’s career in Formula 1 has been a turbulent one. In 2019, he was given a great opportunity at Toro Rosso and in the middle of that same campaign he was promoted to Red Bull.
That year, the Thai driver was not as competitive as expected at the Milton Keynes team and his contract was not renewed. Sergio Pérez took his seat in 2021, while he had to settle for doing work in the team simulator and in turn shared a program in the DTM.
After a year away from the circuits, Albon managed to return to Formula 1. Williams saw fit to sign the 26-year-old driver. Some called it a step backwards for the British-Thai, but he did not share that opinion, as he assures that his mentality has not changed and he believes that he can now show people what he is capable of.
“I still have some unfinished business with Formula 1,” Albon told Auto Motor und Sport . “The perspective now is a bit different, of course. Getting points feels like a victory for us, but I still have a lot of fun. We are also seeing clear progress. It would only have been difficult if we couldn’t continue to develop.”
Asked if the transition from the Austrian structure to Williams was difficult, Albon replied: “Red Bull obviously has a clear financial advantage, which even with the current budget cap they still have a big impact on. Both teams are very similar in terms of structure. and working methods. However, the dynamics depend on the staff.”
With the support of Red Bull , Albon remained active in racing throughout 2021. He drove for AF Corse, behind the wheel of a Ferrari in the DTM. Something that the Thai appreciated when trying to minimize the loss of track experience in F1.
“Of course a year in Formula 1 is better than any other category. But I tried to minimize those losses and use the time wisely.”
“I also did tests with Pirelli for Red Bull, but normally they only lasted three or four days. So I had to improve especially when it came to off-track work.”
“The DTM is something completely different. Interestingly, I had problems especially with the electronic aids. Driving a Formula 1 car is more pure. It’s just you and the car, while the DTM also has ABS and traction control,” he concluded. the Williams driver.
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