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Alex Albon Reflects on His 2023 Season: “I’m Very Proud”

When reflecting upon his year, Albon said he was proud of what he achieved, and he bloody well should be....

Alex Albon had a banger year with Williams, scoring in seven out of the 22 grands prix and only ruing one opportunity where he missed out on possible points. He single-handedly earned all of Williams’ 27 points, propelling them to seventh in the Constructors’ as well as 13th for himself in the Drivers’ Championship.

When reflecting upon his year, Albon said he was proud of what he achieved, and he bloody well should be.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved at the team,” Albon said. “I think about the races that we’ve scored points in, we haven’t had really a smooth race where we’ve just gone, ‘Ah, that was nice.’ I wish we had more of them.

“But unfortunately, a lot of them are holding up a bunch of cars behind us, which is what we’ve become renowned for.”

Williams were dead last in 2022 so seventh is a remarkable achievement for the team and Albon has noted that “the car’s improved a lot.”

“We’re going into every weekend feeling like there’s a chance to score points. But even in that case, our race pace is not always that great. And yet we still come away with points.

“I have to say that in reflection, I’ve had a lot of fun moments from this year. I think Melbourne was the only race where I felt like I missed an opportunity to score points. But every other race we’ve done this year, when there’s been a chance, we’ve done it. And I think that’s been the main difference against our rivals.”

Melbourne was indeed a missed opportunity for the team after Albon qualified eighth and was running sixth after the start before crashing on lap seven.

Unfortunately, that event was marred by set-up compromises on the FW45 which took away their solid performance in the high-speed corners. Melbourne wasn’t the only track Williams faced this problem.

However, despite that, Albon believed that the reason things got better this year for the team was because the previous left him better equipped to get the best out of the package in 2023.

“I actually think this year we’ve done a much better job at it than last year, because a lot of the reason why I think the performance on my side has improved is because last year I was learning,” he added. “Every race weekend I would go into, I would think, ‘Well this corner doesn’t suit our car,’ and I would spend a couple of sessions with my tools and with my set-up trying to fix these issues.

“This year, when I would go into every weekend, in FP1 I already knew the general balance problems of our car. I knew the strengths and weaknesses, and I’ve been able to react to the problems much more, understand them much quicker, and I’ve been much more on the front foot compared to last year.”

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