Albon upbeat with Williams’ start to 2023

The Williams driver spoke to Total-Motorsport.com about the team's performance so far in 2023.

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Alex Albon has continued to take positives from Williams’ start to the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Albon got his season off to a perfect start with points in Bahrain before progressing into Q3 in Australia, but despite the improved performance, Williams remains bottom of the constructors’ championship.

“From winter testing, we were expecting to be in a kind of position where we are now,” Albon told Total Motorsport.com. “Of course, there are a couple of races where we felt we would have been on the edge of points.

“Particularly in Melbourne, But there’s a mistake, obviously, there and a few reliability issues. But we’re still the ninth or 10th quickest team. 

“So, yeah, we are where we are that’s just the reality of it. I just see it more like, we’re improving, we’re getting better, and I’m taking that as a positive step.

“We’re now fighting more into Q2 a couple of times down into q3. I take those sides to it rather than any frustration about how this year’s done so far.”

Likes driving ‘old’ Monaco

Although four of the last five races have been held on street circuits, Monaco remains the most glamorous on the calendar due to the prestige associated with the event.

Since the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, very little of the circuit layout has changed, with the tight armco barriers a reminder for the drivers of what could happen if a slight mistake is committed.

“Certainly, it’s special, but we’ve [been] driving street tracks every race now,” said Albon.

“So in some ways. It just feels like another street race. But of course, Monaco is special because it’s old.

“It has that character to it. It feels weirdly more of a street track than the other street tracks because it is so much more unforgiving.

“So I do enjoy it. It is a lot of fun. Obviously, Sundays can be a little bit painful or fun, depending on where you qualify on a Saturday.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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