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Alexander Albon

Albon baffled by Monaco rain anti-climax: 'I was licking my lips but my lips were dry'

The Williams driver was unable to take advantage of the late-race rain in Monaco and had to settle for 14th.

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Alex Albon has conceded rain at the Monaco Grand Prix "somehow" failed to "spice up" his race.

The Williams driver finished 14th at the principality after a frantic final quarter of the race where a heavy rain shower at the top half of the circuit forced drivers to pit after a number of near-misses.

Albon started on the Medium tyres but with the threat of rain looming at the midpoint of the event, the race played into the hands of those starting on the Hard compound.

"That Hard tyre seemed to be very strong," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It felt like a lot of people started on the Hard tyre and that a lot of people changed to the Hard tyre as early as they could.

"We tried to hang it out on the Mediums but when so many guys are out on the Hard tyre so early on, there was a train.

"We actually had good pace but we were just waiting for them to pit and then it rained, so it worked out for them."

Fringes of points

The result for Albon means another pointless race for Williams despite the steps forward being taken by the team compared to last term.

The Grove-based outfit sits on one point at the foot of the Constructors' standings, but Albon believes the tally could have been added to had it not been for the late rain.

"I think we were on the fringes of points until the rain happened," he explained. "I thought that was going to spice things up a bit but somehow it didn't, at least for me.

"I was licking my lips but my lips were dry."

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