The 2 Williams drivers couldn’t have had extra contrasting afternoons in Baku on Sunday. Whereas each began down the grid after exiting in Q1, Alex Albon was capable of extract loads of tempo from the FW44 as he made strides ahead – and even believed factors might have been on the playing cards.
Albon stopped comparatively early on underneath the primary Digital Security Automobile to swap from the medium to the exhausting compound tyre, with the crew choosing an aggressive two-stop technique. However sadly for him, his second cease was simply three laps earlier than a second Digital Security Automobile, enabling his midfield rivals to achieve time.
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“It was a enjoyable race right here in Baku,” he stated afterwards. “We simply received a bit unfortunate with the VSC timing, in any other case we’d have been in a greater place to struggle for factors right this moment, however once more our race tempo was truly actually robust.
“In the event you take a look at our tempo relative to the midfield it was very robust; we had been as fast if not faster than quite a lot of vehicles in entrance of us.”
Whereas Albon might see some positives from his race, the identical couldn’t be stated for his crew mate. Nicholas Latifi was awarded a 10-second stop-and-go penalty because the lights went out, after a mechanic had touched his automotive after the 15-second warning had been given earlier than the formation lap.
“Clearly, the penalty type of undid all the pieces, earlier than it even began actually,” stated a disenchanted Latifi. “It was tough, you’re thus far off… the pack and then you definately get into blue flags and also you get with the leaders in a short time.
“The race ended up being a really lengthy and lonely one. We managed to get extra mileage and laps with the automotive, however total, a difficult weekend on this monitor. A day to neglect however excited to be heading straight to Canada for my first residence race.”
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Worse was to come back for Latifi, who was later awarded a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags when Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri was attempting to lap him. The mixture of these two penalties meant Latifi couldn’t make as a lot headway up the order as his crew mate, coming residence in the back of the sector.
The excellent news for the Canadian is that in his third season of Formulation 1, he’s lastly going to get the prospect to compete at a house race, Montreal returning for the primary time since 2019.