Williams serving to Albon to be “extra of a fighter” off-track in F1

Albon made his return to the F1 grid this 12 months after spending final season in a reserve position with Purple Bull, having been dropped from the workforce’s line-up after a troublesome 2020 marketing campaign.

Albon has impressed all through his time at Williams up to now, scoring all three of its world championship factors this 12 months with runs to tenth in Australia and ninth in Miami.

Each outcomes got here regardless of Williams’ struggles to compete with the midfield frequently, with Albon usually outperforming team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

Albon mentioned final week in France that he felt he had regained his confidence at Williams, shortly getting on high of the FW44 automobile and settling in on the workforce. 

Williams F1 boss Capito mentioned he had been “very impressed” with Albon, calling him “a really good man and really properly behaved outdoors the cockpit”, however that the workforce was pushing him to indicate extra of his on-track spirit off-track as properly.

“When he closes his visor he turns into an actual fighter,” Capito mentioned.

“Then we develop him and say, you might be additionally a bit extra fighter outdoors the automobile, while you speak to the engineers be a bit extra robust with them.

“I believe now, as the connection with the driving force and the engineers will get nearer, this additionally will get significantly better.

“However we’re very impressed with him. The 12 months out of the automobile made him very properly perceive how the dynamics of a driver and the workforce works.

“He has seen the workforce working with the drivers from the surface, and I believe that helps him lots.”

Alex Albon, Williams Racing Signs autographs for fans

Alex Albon, Williams Racing Indicators autographs for followers

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Williams is but to substantiate its driver plans for subsequent 12 months, however the workforce appears set for a shift in line-up as Latifi is predicted to go away on the finish of the season.

Albon mentioned that with each Purple Bull and its sister workforce, AlphaTauri, set to proceed with their current line-ups, his focus was on extending his stick with Williams.

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“These talks are nonetheless occurring,” Albon mentioned.

“It is no secret to Purple Bulls and AlphaTauri seats are sort of settled and performed. I had an important 12 months up to now with the workforce. I actually benefit from the individuals round right here

“In fact we’re not the place we need to be proper now. However I really feel like we want sort of steady effort to enhance the automobile. I see myself specializing in this season first, and sooner or later, we are going to see.”

Albon has managed to succeed in Q2 at every of the final two races, and spent a lot of the French Grand Prix final weekend on the fringes of the factors, which he felt confirmed the increase provided by the latest automobile updates.

“Most likely earlier than, [reaching] Q2 was if individuals made errors, and now that’s two races in a row the place we’ve received into Q2 on benefit, so I’m comfortable,” Albon mentioned.

“I’m not going to say Q2 goes to occur each time, however I really feel like we go into qualifying aiming for that. For Nicky and myself, that’s nice, that’s what we need to be doing.”

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