Sport Albon blames balance struggles with Red Bull for British GP Q2 exit
Albon: I'm not worried about my start to 2020 F1 season
Alex Albon insists his Formula 1 season is going better than his qualifying difficulties have suggested, as he hit back at suggestions he is struggling .The Thai driver endured another tough qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, as balance issues with the tricky Red Bull RB16 left him unable to get the most out of the car and he was left down in 12th place on the grid.Although he is aware that his Saturday form could be better, he says his run of race results are nothing to be concerned about and that there were no worries on his side that Red Bull could look to replace him.
Alex Albon feels balance struggles dashed his hopes of a strong showing in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, as the Red Bull driver failed to escape from Q2.
Following an encouraging start to Friday practice as new parts helped his RB16 feel more hooked up, the Thai driver had been put on the backfoot after suffering a hefty crash at Stowe in FP2 that forced a car rebuild overnight.
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Lewis Hamilton recovered from a Q2 spin to take his 91st career pole position in the 2020 British Grand Prix, as Mercedes finished over a second clear of the pack .Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas set the pace in both Q1 and Q2, but couldn't match his team-mate in the decisive final runs as Hamilton set two laps good enough for pole.The Finn ended up three tenths in arrears, but still comfortably clear of the fastest non-Mercedes, the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in third.Red Bull's disappointing day was compounded by Alex Albon failing to reach Q3, citing a balance problem.
Having lost further track time on Saturday morning due to an electric problem in final practice, Albon never felt on top of things and was at a loss to explain why he failed to get through to Q3 after a late attempt on softs.
He ended up only setting the 12th best time, but will get a free choice of tyre compounds for the start of the race.
"We [first] tried the mediums, it wasn't a terrible lap, but it wasn't an amazing lap," Albon said. "I had a couple of mistakes in the lap, so I knew we could go quicker.
"Obviously at that point it's kind of, do you risk it and go again on the mediums or you try to play safe on the softs? We went safe on the softs.
"To be honest, I can't explain the last run too much. I feel like I just didn't extract the lap and that was it. I missed out. Obviously it wasn't by much, but at the same time definitely we should have been a bit higher up than we were."
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Red Bull has shuffled its Formula 1 technical team, with the experienced Simon Rennie returning to trackside action from this weekend's British Grand Prix as Alex Albon's new race engineerRennie is best known for working with Mark Webber in his final 2013 campaign and with Daniel Ricciardo between 2014 and 2018 as the Australian developed into a race winner.
Asked by Autosport if his struggles were a legacy of missed track, time, Albon said: "Yeah, I mean it definitely didn't help. Obviously it's a bit notorious Silverstone for the wind, but I don't want to make any excuses of course.
"It's tricky out there. And, yeah, we obviously missed a bit of track time coming into qualifying, which would have been pretty useful obviously.
"Friday went pretty well. I mean obviously we had the crash, but the pace was strong so I was pretty positive going into today. But I just struggled: just struggled a bit with the change of balance and extracting the most out of it."
While Albon had a difficult day, team-mate Max Verstappen qualified third - albeit more than one second adrift of pole position man Lewis Hamilton as
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Alex Albon's change of Formula 1 race engineer was prompted by the need to have someone with more experience helping him out, rather than any problem with his predecessor .Red Bull announced ahead of the British Grand Prix that Daniel Ricciardo's former race engineer Simon Rennie, who has had a factory role for the last few years, was stepping in to replace Mike Lugg.The move comes on the back of a difficult start to 2020 for Albon, who has faced some trying times in getting on top of the tricky RB16.
Hamilton explains "difficult day" of F1 British GP practice amid balance woes .
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that windy conditions at Silverstone made for a "difficult day" of Formula 1 practice running on Friday ahead of the British Grand Prix .Hamilton enters this weekend's race at Silverstone chasing a seventh victory at his home grand prix, having moved into the lead of the drivers' championship with a dominant win in Hungary two weeks ago.But Hamilton could only finish the day fifth-fastest after a truncated FP2 session that featured a number of drivers lose their low-fuel runs to a red flag caused by Alexander Albon.