Formula 1 | ‘Too nice’ according to Marko, Albon will become ‘more selfish’ to win in F1

'Too nice' according to Marko, Albon (...)

“Too friendly! » Here is how Helmut Marko was able to qualify Alexander Albon… and in the mouth of the friendly Doctor, it was not a compliment, but rather the explanation of the Thai’s failure at Red Bull!

So, is the current Williams driver too nice to win at the highest level in F1? Racefans put the question directly to Alexander Albon… and here is his answer.

 » I am who I am. I can understand what he means by that, I think…”

Alexander Albon’s career within the Red Bull structure has been tumultuous: dismissed when he was still in junior formulas, then recalled at the last minute to drive for Toro Rosso, promoted to Red Bull, demoted as 3rd driver, loaned at Williams… what upheavals!

The most valuable experience for Alexander Albon will have been his position as reserve driver: last year, behind the scenes at Milton Keynes, he worked a lot in the simulator to offer the best settings to Max Verstappen. With the success that we know.

“I knew I had to play the team game, and it could only benefit me to do so. »

« I knew I had to show my worth off the circuit, because I can’t prove myself on the circuit. I had to give 110% of myself. It was really digging into all the stuff and working with the guys on the race team, but also at the factory and all that kind of stuff. »

“I was very hard on myself in 2020. Still today I look back and think it wasn’t even a bad year. Honestly, if you look at how I performed – seeing the results and everything – I felt like I deserved some credit, some recognition in a lot of situations. I felt like I just needed time. »

Outside the cockpit, Alexander Albon also worked on his mind. To become a ‘less likeable pilot’? Perhaps, or in any case more selfish!

“I have to be more selfish. I guess it’s all about doing everything for performance – finding areas where I was probably wasting my energy doing different things. »

“I don’t want to boil it down to ‘not being too nice’, but rather ‘not being too accommodating. I felt this year I’m very motivated and very focused and I guess last year as a reserve rider made me really want to show people what I could do. »

2021 dividends pay in 2022 at Williams

This approach seems to be paying off for the moment at Williams: Alexander Albon has entered the points 3 times and crushes Nicholas Latifi in pure rhythm. Did the Thai expect to be at such a party?

“You always have this feeling, I guess, of anxiety in some way, just because you don’t know what to expect. But everything is going very well, honestly. »

« I believe in myself, but there’s always this question: ‘OK, how’s it going to be? You want it to start strong. From the first time I drove the car in Barcelona I felt that I hadn’t forgotten anything, it was like a first day. »

« Now, of course, we’re not quite where we want to be, but personally I’m really happy with how it’s going. »

Isn’t it too difficult to move from a top team to a much more modest team?

“At Williams we have to be realistic and see points as a good thing. Other than that, there really isn’t a difference. Of course, there are the resources and the size of Red Bull. Williams still has a lot of people working in the factory, but there’s a little more of that feeling that it’s not a company like Red Bull. It’s a bit more intimate and personal in that sense. »

The most worrying moment for Alexander Albon this season, however, was his heavy crash at Silverstone: a crash that went a bit in the shadows due to the rolls of Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo… but in reality, it was good the Thai who seemed to suffer the most minor injuries at the time.

“It’s weird. Some crashes can look spectacular and you can come out unscathed, while others – like mine, I think – seem relatively ‘lighter’. »

“The way I hit the wall…it was concrete, it played too…That shock hurt me more than I thought. But I was fine. A little sore the following week. »

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