Albon feels ‘again in management on the restrict’ after dropping confidence at Pink Bull · RaceFans

Alexander Albon described how he has regained the boldness he misplaced throughout his unsuccessful stint at Pink Bull in 2020.

The Williams driver made a profitable return to the F1 grid this yr, incomes a multi-year contract extension together with his new staff.

Albon joined the F1 grid in 2019 with Pink Bull’s second staff Toro Rosso (now often called AlphaTauri) and was promoted to its principal squad midway by way of his rookie season. He remained within the staff’s line-up for 2020 however struggled to carry out in opposition to staff mate Max Verstappen.

Pink Bull demoted Albon to a reserve driver position in 2021 in addition to putting him in Germany’s DTM collection for GT3 sportscars in an AlphaTauri-branded staff. In September that yr he secured an F1 return with Williams for 2022, whereas retaining a hyperlink to Pink Bull.

Within the second half of his comeback marketing campaign, Albon then signed a deal that secured a long-term future in F1 as a Williams driver. That, Albon not too long ago revealed, was finally the objective of his 2022 season.

“Honestly, the principle factor I needed, once I bought again into F1, was to remain in F1,” Albon mentioned. “That feels like a really foolish factor to say, however it’s true.

“You might have a one-year contract, there’s no assure [of another]. And that field has been firmly ticked, let’s say.”

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He mentioned he has restored his self-confidence after his year-and-a-half at Pink Bull. “When it comes to myself, when it comes to driving and getting that confidence again behind the wheel, mainly entering into the rhythm of the automotive and feeling like I’m in management on the restrict, I actually do really feel like I’ve bought that bit again,” he mentioned.

“It was one thing which I sort of misplaced a bit of bit in the direction of the tip of that 2020 season. If you’re driving a DTM automotive, it’s a totally totally different factor. You possibly can’t actually gauge the place you’re at.

“Now I actually do really feel like I’m driving properly. And lots of that’s all the way down to confidence within the automotive, and that once more is one thing which I really feel like I’ve ticked.”

With two races left of the season, Albon at the moment sits nineteenth within the championship standings and has three factors finishes to his identify, contributing half of Williams’ complete factors tally from the yr.

“I do really feel like I’ve executed a great job this yr and I really feel like I proved myself to what I do know I can do,” he mentioned. “After all I nonetheless wish to push on and nonetheless do good outcomes and impress and present the staff what I can do.

“However for this yr, having the yr out, and all issues thought-about, I really feel prefer it’s been a constructive yr. I really feel like this has possibly even gone higher than I anticipated it to.”

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