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Italian Grand Prix 2023

Albon reveals Williams concern ahead of Italian GP

Albon impressively qualified in sixth at Monza but has some concerns ahead of the race.

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Williams driver Alex Albon has conceded the failure to save a set of Medium tyres in Q2 could prove costly in the Italian Grand Prix.

The Grove-based outfit has long singled out Monza as one of the tracks it expected to perform well at due to its prowess in a straight line.

Albon did not disappoint with another virtuoso qualifying performance to take a share of the third row with Red Bull's Sergio Perez as he aims to score points in consecutive races for the first time as a Williams driver.

But the 27-year-old will have no fresh tyre sets available to him for the race, owing to the team's qualifying strategy amid the ATA format in play this weekend.

“We could have saved a set of that Medium tyre [in Q2],” Albon told media including RacingNews365.com.

“My first one felt really strong and I was pretty convinced that would be a lap [to get] through to Q3.

“We didn't want to take the risk which is fair enough but we did end up wasting a new set of that we saved for the race.

“At least for us, we don't have any new tyres left for the race, so it's going to be difficult.”

Williams struggled to adapt at Monza

While Williams entered the weekend expecting to be competitive, the same wasn't predicted last time out at Zandvoort.

Despite the track layout suiting the strengths of the FW45 car, Albon says that getting up to speed at Monza was much more difficult compared to one week ago.

“The car has been feeling good but, honestly, until qualifying we were changing the car every session,” he said.

“It's one of the weekends we haven't hit the ground running like, for example, Zandvoort. We took a bit longer this weekend. But by qualifying, we were dialled in, and the car felt good.

“I think we’ve got quite a lot of rear deg but let’s see how that goes.”

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