Albon hopes to be "thorn in Mercedes' strategy" from fourth in F1 Bahrain GP

Alexander Albon hopes he can be a "thorn in Mercedes' strategy" after qualifying fourth for the Bahrain Grand Prix, matching his best Formula 1 starting position

Albon hopes to be "thorn in Mercedes' strategy" from fourth in F1 Bahrain GP

Albon bounced back from a hefty crash during second practice at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday to snare fourth place on the grid in qualifying.

It marked his second consecutive fourth place qualifying result, and meant the second row of the grid was locked out by Red Bull, as Albon will start alongside team-mate Max Verstappen.

Asked if the result was a relief following his FP2 shunt, Albon said he was always feeling in a good rhythm with the Red Bull RB16 car in Bahrain.

"Truthfully speaking, FP1 was pretty decent, and FP3 was pretty decent, so fourth didn't seem unrealistic," Albon said.

"It felt like something which I was thinking was definitely achievable before qualifying.

"Of course it was nice to have it, and the car has been feeling good this weekend.

"Especially since today really, it's kind of clicked a bit more. Obviously P4 is nice.

"Hopefully we can be a thorn in Mercedes' strategy and see what we can do."

Red Bull was forced to change the chassis on Albon's car due to the severity of his crash in practice, but the Anglo-Thai driver said it did little to knock his confidence.

"Especially in a team like Red Bull, the quality is really high, and you're not going to get big differences," Albon said when asked by Autosport to explain the differences felt after a chassis change.

"At least on my side, nothing. It's more just set-up and feeling, and on top of that, confidence. You want to get on it quickly.

"But truthfully, on the confidence side, I was quite happy with it.

"It was a silly mistake to begin with yesterday, so I knew that I could put it behind me pretty quickly and focus on today."

Albon finished six-tenths of a second off team-mate Verstappen's lap time, but explained he found it hard to get back up to speed on the soft tyres in Q3 after running mediums for his best Q2 time.

"I kept having these little snaps just where you don't want it, and I had to drop my minimum speed quite a lot," Albon explained.

"There was obviously bit less track time than we would have liked, and just a bit of catch-up with the new car and getting up to speed with it.

"It wasn't bad. Everyone wanted mediums, and then we put softs on the second run of Q2, and I think I did my last time doing a lap on the softs was in Q1.

"So it was quite a long time since we did a run [flying lap] on a new set of tyres."

shares
comments
F1 start time: What time does the Bahrain Grand Prix start?
Previous article

F1 start time: What time does the Bahrain Grand Prix start?

Next article

Wolff: F1 power unit convergence system would be "an insult"

Wolff: F1 power unit convergence system would be "an insult"
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022