During the classification of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix we saw one of the images of the weekend; Alexander Albon’s car suffered a blown rear brake, causing the first of five red flags in Friday’s session.
The Williams driver was set to set the first time in Q1 , but fire at the rear of his car forced him to end qualifying early.
The Anglo-Thai told his team over the radio that the brake pedal had sunk, so he tried to fix it by changing the delivery man, but by then it was too late and he couldn’t fix it.
Then there was the spectacular explosion of this element, leaving the layout full of pieces of carbon fiber. Race direction decided to stop qualifying to pick up the dirt on the track, and Albon returned to the pits with difficulties.
In the afternoon, Grove team engineer Dave Robson revealed the reason for the blowout was due to forgetting to change a setting after the driver switched from intermediate to dry tires as the circuit was drying out. .
” Albon had a problem with the brakes because one of the switches was in the wrong position. The combination of mixed weather conditions and the sprint format makes things difficult, but we couldn’t move forward,” Robson admitted.
“Unfortunately, due to the brake system failure, qualifying ended early for us,” he continued. “These things are happening, but we will look into it to understand what went wrong and how we might prevent it in the future.”
Williams has not had the best start to the 2022 season, as they have only managed to score a point thanks to Albon’s performance at the last Australian Grand Prix by stopping on the last lap of the race. The Brits still have a fairly slow car, and the reliability issues are still there, as they have been since winter testing.