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Alexander Albon

Albon explains reason for retirement from Japanese GP

The Williams driver questions whether the race should've started in the wet conditions due to the poor visibility at the rear of the field.

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Alex Albon explained that the visibility in the wet conditions at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix was the reason why he retired early on.

The Williams driver did half a lap before having to stop due to hydraulic problems, which were brought on as a result on contact with another car in the difficult conditions.

"It was created [hydraulic failure] with with contact. Just a side of the car got hit and [then] I was out. It was one of them things," he told Sky Sports.

Albon: Drivers at the back of the field playing 'pinball' in wet conditions

Albon says the drivers at the back of the field were playing 'pinball' in the conditions as they searched for grip in the tricky conditions, and questions why the race was started in the first place due to the poor visibility at the rear of the field.

"Honestly, I don't really understand why we weren't racing to begin with, we couldn't see maybe 10 meters in front of us," he added.

"The cars at the back we were kind of doing pinball just because we couldn't see the track edge. So we were just going left to right, left to right down the straights not really knowing where the track was.

"That's that was what happened to me. I couldn't see where I was on track so I touched with another car, which of course, I also didn't see.

"Of course we don't want Spa [Belgium GP 2021] to happen again. But at the same time, conditions like this are generally dangerous. Even that that car with Carlos [Sainz] in the middle of the track, I'm really surprised no one went into it myself."

Crane incident nearly happened in Singapore

Albon was among the drivers to raise concerns over the handling of the crane entering the circuit, mentioning that the drivers had already talked about it prior to the race in the drivers briefing due to a similar incident that nearly happened at the race in Singapore.

"We already talked about it because it already kind of happened in Singapore, actually," he explained.

"I'm not sure but I think Seb raised it up in the in the drivers briefing earlier this week.

"We know what happens. You know, we don't want to talk about it [what happened] a few years ago.

"It is really dangerous and I think people don't realise that. The FIA I'm sure are going to be in such discussions going into the next race about why that recovery crane was was on the circuit."

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