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Alexander Albon

Albon hails 'great weekend' after British GP points

Albon's latest points haul helped Williams move up to seventh in the Constructors' Championship.

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Alex Albon hailed his 'great weekend' at the British Grand Prix, as the Anglo-Thai scored points for the third time this season with a fine drive to eighth.

After having only scored four points all season long last year, Albon has 11 points already in 2023, and said his progress at Silverstone was helped by a tyre change during a Safety Car period to clear Kevin Magnussen's stricken Haas.

"I have to say that Safety Car came out at a perfect time," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"So we boxed, and obviously had a restart, kind of licking my lips a little bit. And the Ferraris were, I guess, on the harder compounds.

"I was able to get past Carlos [Sainz], and then it was a tricky race. I had better pace than Fernando [Alonso], which was a bit of a surprise, but then Charles [Leclerc] was coming quite quickly at the end.

"So it was a race of forwards and backwards – one eye forward, one eye back. It became a bit of a dogfight. I wouldn't have wanted that race to last one more lap."

Williams best at high-speed circuits

Albon added that Williams' competitive showing was helped by the high-speed nature of the track, and said low-downforce conditions bring out the best in the FW45.

"I think our highs and lows are quite easy to predict," Albon said.

"I don't know if McLaren [who finished second and fourth] could have predicted their pace this weekend, but I think we can.

"It's quite clear that tracks where there's a bit lower downforce and a lot of full-throttle time - that's all us. That's how we like it.

"And also not much braking, the less braking the better for us, so Silverstone works out quite well for that."

Conversely, Albon added that he was not expecting Williams to be as competitive at the next race in Hungary, where there is an emphasis on low-speed corners.

"We definitely have a quicker car this year, and this new package has also set everything up a level, but we wouldn't go into Hungary expecting points," said Albon.

"We're still going to have our good circuits and our bad circuits, and Spa, Monza are still our focus.

"So we are in a very good place. Points aren't always available, so in the few races where we can score points this year, we're going to have to make sure we capitalise to stay seventh [in the Constructors' Championship]."

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