Alexander Albon is puzzled by stability points and the truth that he was unable to qualify for the ultimate in Sakhir, dropping to his team-mate for the sixteenth time this season …
Q: What occurred in qualifying?
Alexander Elbon: Within the third follow we labored with the stability and adjusted a number of issues to enhance the automobile’s conduct earlier than qualifying. Maybe it was the truth that on the third coaching session we didn’t journey on comfortable rubber, though we did what we had been going to do.
However the comfortable tires present good grip for the entrance wheels within the cornering apex, and we had issue balancing, as on some components of the monitor the entrance wheels lacked grip, and on others there was even extra as a result of comfortable rubber. We could not repair it by adjusting the entrance wing, as is often the case – every little thing turned out to be somewhat extra sophisticated. That is all. I’m very happy with the quick lap on the primary try within the second a part of the qualification, however that is all.
Q: Was it simpler to keep away from visitors on a quick lap than you anticipated?
Alexander Elbon: Sure. there have been nearly no issues. On the briefing earlier than qualifying, everybody talked about behaving properly. Blocking somebody doesn’t all the time imply actually blocking – you could be two seconds forward of the opponent, and … Let’s simply say: there may be a good way to overlook a sooner automobile, and never superb methods to overlook somebody – that is as a result of sensitivity of the aerodynamics of recent vehicles.
However everybody acted accurately. That is in all probability simplified by the truth that the quick groups can select when to start out the try, so they don’t enter the monitor similtaneously the others.
Q: The important thing to success within the race is to keep away from attainable issues on the primary lap? What end result do you count on?
Alexander Elbon: Onerous to inform. I do not know when you watched the Components 2 race, however the battle after the beginning was very tense. Tracks of this sort are appropriate for tight combating – left and proper turns observe each other, which is nice.
We’ll see. I had a superb racing tempo on Friday, my automobile arrange for larger downforce than the remaining. Nevertheless, in such circumstances it occurs otherwise, as a result of with the settings for prime downforce it’s often harder to race – on the straights you might be inferior to your opponents in velocity. However I hope that we’ll compensate for this velocity within the corners, and the automobile will slip much less.
Query on Friday you misplaced fairly a bit to Max Verstappen. However in qualifying, he added, and you would not. Are you aware the place you yield to him?
Alexander Elbon: All the things is clear. I can inform with out telemetry the place I used to be gradual. In truth, the truth that I didn’t work with comfortable rubber in coaching, and it is extremely totally different from different compounds, affected. Medium and Onerous tires behave in some ways, whereas Tender tires are very totally different. In qualifying, it turned out to be troublesome to attain the right stability in gradual and quick corners – most of all I used to be inferior within the seventh and eighth.
Query: Why did not you drive one collection at Tender within the third exercise?
Alexander Elbon: To enhance our probabilities in qualifying. To work extra calmly. We agreed that if we obtain a superb stability on Onerous at the start of the third exercise, we are able to save tires in an effort to have extra kits out there for qualification.
It labored: the collection of laps on Onerous was not one of the best, however not the worst, so in concept we ought to be quick on this line-up. That’s the reason we determined to work with Medium within the second a part of the coaching. Maybe we’ve suffered due to this.
Query: You appear to be you are uninterested in it. That is true?
Alexander Elbon: Sure. I imply, what’s been higher! I’m upset, as a result of on Friday every little thing went nicely, and even Saturday began off nicely … That is a type of periods if you drive the primary quick lap and suppose: “Why is it not because it was throughout the weekend.” I wish to determine it out, discuss to the engineers and discover out what’s the purpose.
Query: Is it a disgrace when nothing works?
Alexander Elbon: It’s disagreeable for everybody when nothing works! However there’s a race forward. I can nonetheless recoup and succeed. This isn’t the primary time I’ve been in such a state of affairs; I’ve had profitable races. We should neglect concerning the outcomes of qualifying and give attention to the race.
Q: You’ve got an incredible capacity to recoup, however on the decisive second, issues usually go improper. Do you suppose so too?
Alexander Elbon: No. All the things went nicely in Turkey, in Bahrain final weekend – not that nice, however nonetheless higher. Let’s put it this manner: I did not succeed on this qualification.
Query George on the final second changed Lewis Hamilton and carried out nicely. Have you ever seen any similarities to your transition from Toro Rosso to Pink Bull Racing? How one can adapt to a bigger group within the first weekend?
Alexander Elbon: All of it depends upon the group. I am positive Williams shouldn’t be the simplest automobile to drive – Mercedes is significantly better. Apparently, George is snug with it. A quick automobile is nice to fly. I believe that even Mazepin felt it when he bought behind the wheel of a Mercedes on exams.
George did an important job, though he ended up in a brand new group for himself and didn’t have established contact with the engineers, which is all the time crucial. He’s a quick racer, in qualifying he drove an important lap. If I’m not complicated something, within the third sector he confirmed glorious velocity, so every little thing goes nice. I suppose he can be quick within the race too. I do not know what his racing tempo was on Friday, however he can be a robust contender. It is going to be uncommon for him to start out from the primary row, undergo the primary flip, however every little thing is so as.