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Cars Alex Albons DTM preparation: so far only two laps in the GT3

18:56  22 february  2021
18:56  22 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Ex-Formel-1-Pilot Alex Albon betritt mit der GT3-DTM Neuland © Motorsport Images Ex-Formula 1 driver Alex Albon is breaking new ground with the GT3 DTM

Alex Albon faces a completely new challenge in 2021: The one in front of the door The established Red Bull Formula 1 driver will compete in the DTM in the Ferrari Team AF Corse, which is financed by the energy drink manufacturer , if his Formula 1 obligations as a substitute allow it. And he is threatened with a hot dance, because the 24-year-old has little experience with GT3 cars.

"So far, I think I've driven two laps in a GT3 car," says Albon. "That was at the Autosport Awards." In 2014, the Thai made it into the top 6 of the British junior competition and lost out to winner George Russell in the final, which was held in the McLaren 650 S GT3, among others.

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"I haven't had any tests yet - so it'll be a new experience and a new challenge," says Albon. "It shouldn't be too difficult though." But is he underestimating the task? Because in the new DTM he meets full GT3 professionals who know the racing cars - and the driving style required for them - inside out.

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He still believes in his chance of victory: "We'll do our best. We have a good team with AF Corse. Of course there are things like the Balance of Performance that I'm not used to. There have to be I only understand how it works. But when we have a strong package - and I think we have three or four days of testing before the season starts - that should be enough to understand how to be fast in a GT3 car. "

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In general, Albon is planning no future in the GT3 area after the Formula 1 exit, he clarifies. "Formula 1 remains my priority," he says. "That is very clear - and both Christian (Horner; editor's note) and Helmut (Marko) know that. That is also the reason why the priority is always Formula 1 when there is overlap," explains Albon, who is on races waived in the DTM to be a substitute in Formula 1.

"DTM in his free time makes sense"

For him, the DTM is above all an opportunity to race despite losing the Formula 1 cockpit. "There has been this connection between Red Bull and the DTM for a long time. So it makes sense when I have some free time. I get to driving, I stay fit, racing drivers are always a good thing, of course. It's an advantage when you can sit in the car - because then you don't sit around too much. "

With the GT3 car and the Formula 1 racing car, Albon is confronted with completely different vehicle concepts this year. Does that make the challenge of adapting more difficult or easier?

"When you drive cars that are so different from each other, your brain can almost completely separate them," believes Albon. "It's a bit like driving a Formula 1 kart driver - the change is not that difficult." In any case, it will be "interesting to learn the GT3 driving style because everything is completely different and we have so much less downforce," says Albon. "I would like to get started."

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