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Albon explains 'positive frustration' after sudden DNF in Jeddah

Alex Albon looked to potentially be in the battle for points for a second race in a row at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, before being forced to retire his Williams after 27 laps.

Alex Albon admits he was left with a "positive frustration" after a strong performance in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ended in retirement. The Williams driver bounced back from qualifying in P17 by making up positions during Sunday's race, and found himself potentially in the battle for points in 13th place. However, after reporting a sudden brake failure, Albon was forced to retire from the race on Lap 27 of 50, but feels positive about the performance of the car prior to this point.

Albon hails Williams' progress

"It's not fun driving this track without brakes!" Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com , after the race. "It was frustrating. I have to say, this weekend, I felt really strong with the car. I feel like, as a team, I've been really impressed, coming from where we were last year, where the car was, to where it is this week. "It's been such a pleasure to drive it. Unfortunately, when it matters in qualifying, we didn't quite execute and the race today we had a mechanical issue. "But it's frustrating, because points don't come often and this weekend we should have scored points. We haven't, which is frustrating. "I'm a little bit negative right now as we speak, but I'm positive with the progress, and it's just one of those things. I'd much rather be disappointed with knowing the car's got pace than just finishing at the back."

Wiliams have 'good momentum' for rest of year, says Albon

Williams ended the 2022 season at the bottom of the Constructors' Championship, but Albon believes that the Grove-based squad already have a good momentum for the campaign ahead. "When points are on the line, it just makes everything more exciting for me, if I'm truthfully honest," the British-Thai driver said. "More to win, more to lose. We're in the hunt. We knew this track was going to be good for us, I think we've got a few more ahead of us that should also not be too bad. "Hopefully we can keep this up and it's good momentum for the rest of the year. But it would obviously have been nice to fight for points here." Given the outfit's struggles in the previous year, Albon is pleased to see the progress they have made. "If you told me last year we would be fighting for points [in the] first races [at] the start of the year, I would have been extremely excited and happy," he added. "It's that kind of positive frustration!"

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