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Alexander Albon

Albon shocked by sudden 'change of team'

Alex Albon has been getting to grips with the radical changes made by Williams over the winter break.

Albon winter testing Bahrain Day 1
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Alex Albon believes Williams' alterations to its car philosophy make it feel like he has "changed team" over the winter.

The Grove-based outfit finished seventh in last season's Constructors' standings after several strong performances from the Thai-Briton, whose stock within the F1 paddock rose as a result.

With Williams hoping to return to success soon following a tough period at the back of the grid, Team Principal James Vowles has overseen a radical change to bring the team into play at a higher number of circuits across the calendar, rather than being forced to rely on high-speed, low downforce configurations.

Asked what was different on the new car during pre-season testing after referring to the changes, Albon said: "Well, kinematically, so the way the front of the car feels is totally different. It's all totally new, totally redesigned, so the feedback you get in your hands is totally different.

"We have a Mercedes rear on the car now, so that's very different. We have a totally different balance set-up philosophy, so there are loads of things going on and it all feels like it is going in the right direction.

"But it is strange. I have spent two years now developing and driving a car that has certain characteristics, unique characteristics.

"Now that kind of all goes in the bin."

'Cars carry a DNA'

Outlining just how different the car is, Albon added: "Most cars carry a characteristic every year.

"Yes, regulations can change it and whatnot, cars can have more downforce or little subtleties, but they always carry a DNA, a very strong DNA and you only really feel like that changes when you change team.

"This feels like I've changed team, but I'm obviously still at Williams."

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