Alex Albon admits that the fact that Formula 1 had undergone a technical overhaul for the 2022 season made his process of readjusting a little easier.
The British-Thai driver made his return to the grid with Williams after spending 2021 on the sidelines as a test and reserve driver for Red Bull, having lost his seat on the race team to Sergio Perez.
Despite this, Albon feels that he was quite quickly able to get back up to speed ahead of his comeback, and acknowledges that the introduction of new regulations for 2022 – resulting in the cars looking and feeling very different – helped to balance out the field more.
"I would say even in winter testing, I felt... I wouldn't say on top of it, but I felt like I didn't lose too much in the year out," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I wasn't fighting for anything in particular. I think the regulation reset helped a lot as well. Everyone was trying to learn the cars, so it made it a bit more of an even playing field."
Albon reflects on improvements
Albon is pleased with the progress that he has continued to make throughout the campaign so far, having scored points on two occasions.
"I do feel like, as time has gone by, I've been improving every weekend," he added.
"To say that I'm at my top, no I still think there always is more, but I'm sure it's the same for every driver as well.
"I would say as well, as a team, going through the year so far, we have been improving the car. I feel like it's been a good year so far, and I feel like the results have reflected that in a way, that we're going the right way."
Viewed by others:
Williams hope to unlock potential even more
Having finished within the top 10 in Australia and Miami, Albon admits that Williams hope to have more occasions where they can battle in the midfield.
"I do think, in certain conditions [and] in certain races, we do seem to be able to fight with the midfield, and that's something which we're trying to unlock more and more," Albon explained.
"I think, for us, it's also a little bit of tyre work that we're struggling with, also myself, and trying to find where the sweet spot is and all that kind of stuff.
"But yeah, it's been a good start to the year. I think, just looking at it as a global overview, there's still potential there.
"I know there is potential there, so hopefully we'll get some more points."
F1 Podcast: Was F1's cautious start to Monaco an insult to the drivers' abilities?
RacingNews365.com F1 journalists Dieter Rencken and Michael Butterworth discuss the Monaco Grand Prix, and reflect on whether decisions made by the Race Director were overly cautious.