Alex Albon questions track limits ruling after missing Q3 in Mexico City

Despite showing good pace in practice, Alex Albon was undone by track limits in Qualifying


Williams driver Alex Albon bemoaned a track limits ruling as he reflected on his qualifying performance at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix.

Albon will start the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix from 14th position after being knocked out in Q2. Indeed, it was clear he felt as though he’d been hard done by, with the time that was deleted for the ruled infringement set to get him into Q3.

“I don’t think it was off,” Albon said to the press.

“I don’t know. I’ve spoken to [Williams Head of Vehicle Performance] Dave [Robson] already and they showed us an external view in turn two and my rear tyres are on the white line.

“Maybe I’m wrong, and I’d like to be wrong.

“They’ve made the white line thicker, which is a great initiative, they then move the bollard which is ok but then if you miss the bollard it should be self policing at that point and it should be legal.”

Albon discusses drop off in Williams pace

Alex Albon won Driver of the Day at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix | Williams F1 Team

Albon also reflected on Williams’ pace on Saturday, after showing great potential in free practice which saw him second to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in FP3.

“More frustrating than that was just the lack of pace,” Albon said. “I lost a lot of grip, I need to review it.

“From Turn 1 there was a lack of rear grip and that means it escalates. My laps were like race laps, I had to do so much tyre management even in my qualy laps.”

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