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Alexander Albon

Albon hopeful of McLaren-style turnaround for Williams

The Williams driver sees both teams going from backmarkers to podium contenders as inspiration for the future.

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Alexander Albon hopes that Williams can make similar turnaround in form as McLaren and Aston Martin in Formula 1.

The British-Thai driver managed to finish ahead of both teams at the recent Italian Grand Prix, to finish seventh after Lando Norris failed to overtake him due to his superior straight-line speed.

After seeing both McLaren and Aston Martin turn their cars into podium challengers within the second year of the current regulations, Albon believes his team could follow a similar path with the right investment in resources.

When asked if it was frustrating to see their progress, Albon told media, including RacingNews365: "Not frustrating, purely because when you look at us and look at McLaren - that's the kind of jump that you want to be making.

"If you think about how long did it take them really to make that jump?

"McLaren didn't really bring a proper upgrade for a whole year until Silverstone. That must have been almost a year in the making.

"Aston, they sacrificed almost all of last year to make that step for the beginning of this year, so you do need to make these kind of longer-term solutions."

Albon: We've had a characteristic trait in our car for years

The FW45 is a lot harder on its tyres compared to other cars that it competes with, which was something the team experienced the most at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Albon believes this has been one of the main characteristics of its car, which he hopes the team can improve in the short term.

"We've had a characteristic trait in our car for quite a few years now, before I joined the team," said Albon.

"Right now, it gets repetitive when we talk about the car because, at the end of the day, we keep saying the same things, the same limitations.

"So my role more for next year is how much of a step can we make?

"Can we make fix all of it? I don't think you can, butt the steps we can do, purely speaking, that's one of my biggest goals."

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