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Alexander Albon

Albon reveals cause of 'strange' Australia shunt

Alexander Albon was set for a strong result before crashing out early in Melbourne.

Alexander Albon
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Alexander Albon believes a spike in tyre temperatures was the likely cause behind his race-ending Formula 1 crash in the Australian Grand Prix.

The Williams racer was running in sixth place in the early stages, when he slid off at Turn 6, hitting the barrier and causing a red flag so the gravel and debris could be cleared away.

Albon was routinely setting purple sector times through the second segment of the Albert Park lap, but on a weekend where all of Williams' major rivals scored points, the team were forced to come away empty-handed as Logan Sargeant also retired in the Lap 57 restart chaos.

Albon explains Williams DNF

"It was a bit of a strange one if I'm honest," Albon explained to media, including RacingNews365.

"I think I know why [it happened]: I went through the corner slower than I did on the lap [before], but just went through the previous corner quicker, I went through Turn 5 a little bit quicker and used a bit more exit kerb.

"The tyre temps spiked a little bit on the left-hand side on that exit kerb and then I went into Turn 6 with a hotter left rear tyre.

"They are the margins we are driving with, it is my fault and I am angry with myself, it is really disappointing, especially for the team as we had a good car today, and when you look at the results, there's a few DNFs in there, and we could have been one of them [teams scoring points]."

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