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Alexander Albon

Albon reveals why he 'didn't agree' with Williams decision in Miami

Alex Albon was heard expressing his frustration during radio discussions with his Williams team in the Miami Grand Prix. The British-Thai driver has since explained the reasons behind this.

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Alex Albon has revealed why he "didn't agree" with some of Williams' strategy calls during the Miami Grand Prix.

The British-Thai driver was heard expressing his frustration when he was told at one stage in the race to push on his tyres. At another point in the Grand Prix, Albon believed that he should be pushing more instead of doing tyre management.

Speaking after the race – which he ended in 14th place – Albon explained his reasons for telling the team that he didn't agree with these decisions.

Albon on strategy calls

"I think at the time I got told to manage the tyres, we weren't catching the cars in front," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"So it was either try and not manage and try and catch the cars and overtake them, or just stay at the back.

"I'd rather be aggressive and then suffer the consequences later than never try and just finish last, so that was why I think I said I don't really agree with it.

"But then at the same time, we wanted to push very hard in the first few laps with the tyre and it was making the tyre grain up, so I didn't agree with that either. So a bit of everything."

Albon: Williams have ninth or 10th slowest car

Albon was pleased with his performance in qualifying, having started the race from P11 on the grid, but felt that the Miami International Autodrome did not suit Williams' FW45 across the race.

"It's more just [that] we don't have the pace, so we're just trying to do different things," Albon explained.

"I do think we're the ninth or 10th slowest car, that's the reality of it. We're just getting the most out of it most weekends, and on a track where the tyres do get hot there is deg, and it exposes our weaknesses.

"And today was a really clear example that these kinds of circuits don't normally suit us.

"We did a great job in qualifying, and this was our true pace [in the race], so [it's] just one of those things. Hopefully we can go to another circuit that suits us a little bit more."

Williams currently sit in last place of the Constructors' standings with one point to their name.

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