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Alexander Albon

Albon on wing damage: Looked like it was chewed by a dog

Alex Albon made contact with Oscar Piastri's McLaren on the opening lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix before finishing 12th for Williams.

Albon sprintrace Baku
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Alex Albon's front wing looked like "a dog's chewed it off" after contact with Oscar Piastri on Lap 1 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Williams driver went three-wide into the second corner with Piastri's McLaren and Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas at the start of the race, tagging the left-rear wheel of the MCL60.

With the damage sustained hindering performance throughout the race and overtaking coming at a premium for the entire afternoon, Albon would finish only 12th, a position behind Piastri and five seconds away from Yuki Tsunoda, who completed the points finishers for AlphaTauri.

The incident saw Bottas squeezed out of the throttle on the outside as the track tightened, with Kevin Magnussen's Haas running into the back of the Finn in the meleé.

"It was three-abreast, Oscar had a car to his right, there was Bottas, so that was it really,” Albon explained when speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I don’t think it was anyone’s [fault]. There was a space, I was completely on the left. If I went any more to the left, I was going to hit the inside wall. So I don't think it compromised anyone.

"If anything, most probably, I had damage on my front wing for the rest of the race, and my endplate came off. So I had slightly compromised [aerodynamics].

"It looks like a dog's chewed it off, so we'll have to see if there was any load issues with it."

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