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 Automotive to swap from the medium to the onerous compound tyre, with the staff choosing an aggressive two-stop technique. However sadly for him, his second cease was simply three laps earlier than a second Digital Security Automotive, 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 obtained a bit unfortunate with the VSC timing, in any other case we might have been in a greater place to battle for factors at present, however once more our race tempo was really actually robust.
“In case you have a look at our tempo relative to the midfield it was very robust; we had been as fast if not faster than a number of vehicles in entrance of us.”
Whereas Albon might see some positives from his race, the identical couldn’t be stated for his staff mate. Nicholas Latifi was awarded a 10-second stop-and-go penalty because the lights went out, after a mechanic had touched his automobile after the 15-second warning had been given earlier than the formation lap.
“Clearly, the penalty type of undid every little thing, earlier than it even began actually,” stated a dissatisfied Latifi. “It was difficult, you’re to date 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 automobile, however general, 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 making an attempt to lap him. The mixture of these two penalties meant Latifi couldn’t make as a lot headway up the order as his staff mate, coming residence in the back of the sphere.
The excellent news for the Canadian is that in his third season of Components 1, he’s lastly going to get the possibility to compete at a house race, Montreal returning for the primary time since 2019.