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Alexander Albon

Why Williams feel Albon has been 'too nice'

Alex Albon outperformed teammate Nicholas Latifi on the circuit in 2022, but Williams have suggested that the British-Thai driver has an area to work on when it comes to off-track matters.

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Former Williams Technical Director FX Demaison has suggested that Alex Albon is sometimes "too nice" during off-track debriefs.

After spending the 2021 season on the sidelines, Albon returned to the grid with the Grove-based outfit for 2022 and outperformed teammate Nicholas Latifi, having scored four of the squad's six points during the campaign.

Prior to his exit from the team – which was announced along with the departure of Team Principal Jost Capito – Demaison spoke of how Albon's experience had helped the squad to go in the right direction.

"It was a really good help for us, because we are only engineers and we need drivers to give us a direction," Demaison told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"And because of his experience, it's helped us and given us the right direction, so it's really a good help."

Williams encouraged Albon to 'push more'

While Demaison praised Albon's performances, he felt that the British-Thai driver could take a tougher approach during debriefs with the rest of the team.

"He's a nice person – sometimes too nice," the engineer said.

"He needs to be a bit more hard with the team and push us a bit more – but I'm working on this.

"He does not [push us hard enough], it's his nature – unless he has the helmet on, then he can be hard – but he should be a bit harder in the debrief.

"Every day I tell him, 'You have to be a…', a word I will not pronounce! If you want to be a World Champion, you have to be like this!"

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