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Alexander Albon

Albon downplays Williams’ chances around Singapore

Williams has scored points at the last two rounds but Alexander Albon believes that achievement will be hard replicated this weekend.

Albon Singapore
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Alexander Albon has played down Williams’ chances of a successful weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Williams has been enjoying a strong run of form lately, with Albon scoring points at the last two Grands Prix.

The Thai-British driver scored an eighth-place result at Zandvoort, despite the track being a high downforce circuit - an area in which Williams is known to struggle.

“I think Zandvoort still stands as a bit of an anomaly,” Albon told media including RacingNews365.com.

“I think the camber on the corners and the wind played a part. They limit the braking problems that you have when you have very cambered corners and headwinds.

“We are getting this car to work better and better, not just at these kind of Monza circuits. I do think we are opening the envelope.

“But it's still, in some ways, a tight envelope. It's just growing a little bit.”

Getting through Q1 would be a success

With Singapore also being a high-downforce track, Albon is not anticipating that Williams will have a strong showing around the Marina Bay Circuit.

“Coming into this weekend, we’d normally be very pessimistic. We're a bit more intrigued, actually, just to see where we're going to be.

“I don't think we're going to be that competitive, truthfully speaking. But I think there's a lot of optimism and interest.

“There’s a few reasons why this track shouldn’t suit us. Firstly, it's hot, you slide around more, put more energy into the tyres.

“It’s bumpy, which means teams that have a tight ride height window, they struggle a bit more.

“Also, there's all these Mickey Mouse corners, braking with a lot of steering angle, which are corners we don't do very well on.

“I’m interested to see if we can get it to work. I think, honestly, if we get out of Q1, I think that's a job well done.”

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