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Alexander Albon

Albon set lofty targets by Williams boss Vowles

The Thai driver has impressed in recent races, taking points finishes in three of the last five races.

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James Vowles believes Alexander Albon should be "aiming for winning races" in Formula 1 as he continues to impress for Williams.

Albon has scored all of Williams' 21 points this season, including seventh places in Canada and Italy with a pair of eighth places in Britain and the Netherlands.

The London-born Thai mounted rear-guard actions to achieve the results in both Canada and Italy by keeping faster cars behind thanks to placing his car well to defend, and has been touted as a potential target for teams higher up in the Constructors' standings having rebuilt his career after losing his Red Bull seat in 2020.

Albon's best results in F1 are two third places at the 2020 Tuscan and Bahrain Grands Prix, with Vowles believing the 27-year-old is in it for the long-haul as Williams begins to climb back into midfield respectability.

Vowles' Albon targets

"He should be aiming for winning races and being on the podium," Vowles told media including RacingNews365 of Albon.

"He has the potential and he frankly deserves to be in that position. But more so that's a journey he's happy to do with Williams, whilst we're on the pathway towards it at the same time.

"That's the perfect summary of that situation. He's a racing driver coming to the peak of his career, he should absolutely be focused on doing the best he can with his God-given ability, while it still exists.

"His lifecycle [as a driver], I mean if you look at [42-year-old] Fernando [Alonso] it's [15] years that he has in front of him. He has a good amount of time in front of him now.

"But I'd be disappointed if any team-mate joined me and said: ‘All I'm interested in doing is scoring the odd point'.

"They shouldn't [have that mindset]. They should be focused on winning races and performing at the utmost."

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