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Sport Albon: I'm not worried about my start to 2020 F1 season

13:26  02 august  2020
13:26  02 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Red Bull needs to be "brutally honest" and give Albon better-balanced car

  Red Bull needs to be Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan says that the team has to be "brutally honest" and provide Alex Albon with a better-balanced Formula 1 car .The Thai driver fell in Q2 at the British Grand Prix for the second consecutive event, qualifying nine places behind team-mate Max Verstappen in 12th having also failed to reach Q3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out.It comes after Albon, who set the second quickest time in FP2, suffered a heavy crash in that session after a moment of snap oversteer at Stowe, and then lost more track time with power unit problems in FP3.

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. " I ' m happy personally with the first few races, but things haven't gone our way. And to be honest, I ' m not worried in the sense that I feel like it's been

2020 Season Driver Standings Constructor Standings Archive 1950-2019 F 1 Awards. Albon , too, was positive about his results so far, particularly considering his season has been far from smooth. “ I ’ m not worried in the sense that it’s been tough, it’s just a tough qualifying on my side and I ’ m just

a large air plane on a runway at an airport: Albon: I'm not worried about start to F1 season © LAT Images Albon: I'm not worried about start to 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.

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Smiling in the sunshine, Alex Albon simply cannot suppress a playful grin. It is, he concedes, the product of irrepressible glee “ I still think of myself as a young boy coming to the track, seeing F 1 cars and I think: ‘This is crazy’. To be in a race-winning team, a championship-winning team at Silverstone.

2020 Season Driver Standings Constructor Standings Archive 1950-2019 F 1 Awards. After a weekend on the back foot, Red Bull's Alexander Albon accepts his below-par P12 qualifying position will be hard to overcome on race day at the 2020 British Grand Prix.

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.

"Firstly, I don't see it as struggling," said Albon, who came close to winning the 2020 F1 opener in Austria before a clash with Lewis Hamilton which the Mercedes driver was penalised for.

"I feel like race one we had a very strong race, race two we finished fourth and race three we finished fifth. So if that's struggling then I'd be worrying about other things.

"I'm happy personally with the first few races, but things haven't gone our way. And to be honest, I'm not worried in the sense that I feel like it's been tough or it's going badly.

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  Red Bull F1 boss Horner Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Alex Albon did "a super job" in the Hungarian GP, suggesting he should not be criticised for his 2020 Formula 1 performances so far .Albon finished fifth in Budapest after failing to make Q3 when caught out by a lack of running with a set-up introduced on Saturday morning.His charge into the top five from 13th on the grid followed a solid fourth in the Styrian GP, where his first stint was compromised by tyre issues.

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And with Albon still only in his second year of Formula 1 , the decision was made ahead of the British Grand Prix to bring Rennie back to a trackside role for the first time since 2018 to help the Thai driver. Albon admits that the RB16 is hard to drive, but says he's happy with his start to 2020 .

"It's just a tough qualifying and on my side I'm just focused on trying to get more comfortable with the car and extract the performance out of it."

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Albon's priority at the moment is trying to find a consistent balance with his car over the varied corners on a track, with the RB16's inconsistent handling putting him on the backfoot.

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And with the Red Bull car having a nervous rear end, Albon says that moves towards a more understeering set up are just one way to trying to help improve his situation.

"It's obviously tricky," he said. "I wouldn't say we put in understeer to make it safe. It's obviously we just want to be as optimal as possible with the car.

"But there's definitely places, especially with tailwinds, where when you are on the edge on the rear already, it does make it more difficult when you have a tailwind or anything like that. It's the same for everyone to be honest.

"But yeah it's just one of those things. It's just trying to get the balance a bit more consistent through speed types and corner types through the lap. That's kind of where my focus is on."

Verstappen: Red Bull still unsure on cause of Hungary balance issues .
Max Verstappen says the balance issues hurting Red Bull in Hungary are not down to the set-up of his RB16 Formula 1 car, but remains unsure of the cause .Red Bull slumped to its worst qualifying performance of the 2020 season so far on Saturday at the Hungaroring as Verstappen could only finish seventh in Q3, 1.4 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton's pole position time.Team-mate Alexander Albon failed to advance beyond Q2, qualifying 13th behind the Williams of George Russell.

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