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Alexander Albon

Albon: Williams 'not doing weird things' after Friday practice shock

The unexpected Friday practice result at Silverstone came not long after Williams introduced significant upgrades in Canada.

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Alex Albon has said his Williams Formula 1 car is not "doing weird things" after his shock pair of top three finishes in both Friday practice sessions for the British Grand Prix.

His best lap in Free Practice 2 was just 0.218s off the best effort from Max Verstappen on the same Soft compound of tyre, with Logan Sargeant also managing the fifth quickest time.

Williams brought large upgrade to their car in Canada, being rewarded with Albon finishing seventh for the team's best on-track finish since 2017, following this up with an impressive performance in Austria last time out.

Albon credits high speed nature of Silverstone

"I have to say that it was a bit surprising in some ways, I have to say that it is unexpected, we're not playing around, doing weird things, it's just a normal day for us," London-born Thai Albon explained to media.

"We've crossed the line and we're in P3.

"There is a bit of head scratching but at the same time, the car feels good.

"We've got an upgrade on the car that we've had for two races now. At least on the simulator, it's shown to be a bit more effective in the high speed than the low speed [corners].

"We haven't really had too many high speed tracks the last few races; Austria and Canada aren't really that. So it's the first time we've seen the package working on a quick circuit.

"It's looking quite good, but we've got to keep ourselves grounded and keep chipping away."

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