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Alexander Albon

Albon issues warning as Williams strength could be weakness

The team has an inherent straight line advantage, but this could have adverse effects on other parts of its car.

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Alexander Albon has identified an area where Williams could struggle at the upcoming races after the summer break.

Both Zandvoort and Monza are high-speed circuits, with the FW45's main strength being straight-line speed - which suit should the Dutch and Italian circuits.

But despite being one of the quickest cars in the speed trap at Spa-Francorchamps, Albon still finished outside of the points along with teammate Logan Sargeant.

And despite this strength, Albon has warned that it could also be a weakness as Williams targets point finishes

”There are positives, especially for Monza, [our] straight line speed is great in all but it does degrade the tyres a lot,” Albon observed to media including RacingNews365.

Spa rain helped Albon

The Williams driver has previously explained how a vicious cycle effectively prevented him from making progress during the race in Belgium, which could have an affect on similar circuits in the future.

"Basically at Spa, Sector 2 is so condensed that the tyre can't cool down until you go to Sector 3," he said.

"So it's not a track where you can cool the tyre, go again, cool the tyre, etc.. As soon as you overheat you're just in this onwards trend of overheating."

Albon revealed that the mid-race rain during the Belgian GP actually helped his tyre management in a somewhat bizarre fashion.

"What's actually interesting to me was when it started to rain, it cooled my tyres down and gave me more grip than in the dry,” he added.

"And so I actually caught [the cars ahead] back up again, and had a resurgence of pace, which just shows you how much overheating we were doing."

The team is currently level on 11 points with Haas in the battle for seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri not far behind.

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