Alex Albon defined in a latest interview how he associated to Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian was changed at McLaren preemptively. Albon was equally changed at Purple Bull in 2020 after a dismal efficiency all 12 months spherical. The Thai racing driver, in an interview with PlanetF1, mentioned:
“I felt like I used to be hungry perhaps per week after I left, or obtained taken out, however I can see what he means as a result of when you might have dangerous years in F1 – I can solely discuss my expertise [in] 2020 – it drains you massively.”
Albon had changed Pierre Gasly midseason in 2019 after a disappointing begin by the Frenchman however he did not carry out to the extent of Verstappen in his first full season at Purple Bull in 2020. After information of Sergio Perez turning into a free agent in 2021 broke and the Mexican gained the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, the destiny of Albon on the workforce was sealed. He was changed by Sergio Perez and needed to wait a full 12 months earlier than getting a seat at Williams for 2022.
Equally, Daniel Ricciardo was changed at McLaren after the Australian driver failed to regulate to the automobile and failed to attain factors constantly. His teammate Lando Norris had an excellent 12 months, ending proper behind the drivers of the highest three groups. Ricciardo’s contract with the Woking based mostly outfit lasted for 3 years however was terminated a 12 months early. McLaren opted to interchange him together with his fellow compatriot Oscar Piastri, the 2021 F2 World Champion.
Alex Albon defined to the media how his scenario was a bit completely different than that of Ricciardo’s however they each ended up away from a seat within the sport they cherished. The Thai driver mentioned:
“The noise within the paddock and naturally greater than something, your individual performances, , we’re born to be aggressive and hungry for it and when it’s not that – that’s what we stay on. It’s all about efficiency. It’s all about doing a superb job.”
Alex Albon additionally spoke about how Mick Schumacher could be feeling for the reason that teen was additionally left with no seat for 2023. The German was changed at Haas by a returning Nico Hulkenburg. Albon mentioned:
“So yeah, it’s very heavy and I feel it took me a few weeks to type of get by way of the emotional affect of lacking out on a seat, however as a result of I used to be younger, I feel I type of felt prefer it was by no means over, and I knew I may have an opportunity [of coming] again.”
Alex Albon is extra assured in himself and his automobile this 12 months
Alex Albon spoke about what has modified for the reason that Thai driver returned in 2022 with Williams. Albon additionally answered what adjustments he would need to make himself subsequent 12 months, stating:
“I consider so, the principle factor is simply confidence with the automobile, greater than something, it’s the driving confidence. I really feel like I’ve obtained that again, which is an important as a result of clearly, you’ve obtained to drive rapidly.”
He continued, talking in regards to the automobile and the way a lot he pushed it to the restrict, which was not the case in 2020. Alex Albon mentioned:
“I really feel like this 12 months I’ve been on high of the automobile, I really feel like I’ve been in a position to push it to the restrict – and that was one thing which I struggled a bit with in 2020, simply beginning to lose that authority on the automobile and with the ability to get what I would like out of it.”
Albon will look to attain some valuable factors for his workforce in 2023 alongside new teammate Nyck de Vries.