Is Alex Albon feeling the pressure after taking Logan Sargeant’s car?

Albon destroyed his own chassis in an FP1 crash and Williams did not have a spare chassis on hand in Melbourne


Alex Albon was given a second chance to rescue his Formula 1 weekend by taking Logan Sargeant’s Williams car at the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, but he admitted he didn’t feel any extra pressure by being the only remaining horse in the race for the Grove-based team.

The ex-Red Bull man also vowed to repay the American youngster back with points after he qualified 12th for Sunday’s race at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne.

“It’s a different feeling. A weird feeling if I’m honest,” Albon said to media after qualifying. “Because it’s one thing kind of making a mistake from being under pressure and trying to deliver a performance in qualifying.

“But it’s another feeling when you’re obviously being given a responsibility, and I take that responsibility. It’s not lost on me.

“So, it was tough but at the same time the only thing you can really do is focus on your job, put it all behind you and treat that weekend like a normal weekend, but obviously one session down.

“Generally, that’s all I can really do, and I think so far, we’ve done a good job just to keep it going. The ultimate kind of pay back to Logan would be to get him some points.”

With the added pressure of trying to make up for his FP1 error, despite trying to treat the weekend the same as any other, Albon said he didn’t think he left any time on the table, or much of it at all.

He linked it to an issue Williams have with how their car gets the tyres to perform, especially when they’re trying to run the soft tyres.

“Half a tenth here, maybe?” Albon added when asked about how much time he could have found. “I felt that my Q1 lap was very strong.

“I’ve often had this a few times at Williams where when the tyres are very soft, it’s very hard for me to go much quicker. If I go quicker through a corner I tend to overheat the tyres.

“So, you kind of always go near the same speeds. It’s quite tricky after a good run to improve much more on it.”

Albon showers Sargeant with praise

There is being a team player and then there is Sargeant willingly surrendering his car and the Thai-British driver was full of praise for his colleague as he called him a “gentleman” who is always willing to help.

It’s particularly even more honourable from Sargeant in the context of that this is a young driver trying to establish his own career and reputation following widespread criticism in 2023 for the gaps he had to his teammate.

It also needed humility too, as it sort of needed him to admit he isn’t as good/as fast as Albon otherwise he would have never given up the seat, showing that Williams have a future prospect capable of separating emotion from the job.

They feel very similar, almost identical,” Albon said when asked if the two cars felt different. “It was more just about getting my confidence back up and getting back into the rhythm.

“We [Albon and Sargeant] chat, we always chat. We’re very open as a team. I was helping him FP2 and then when the decision was made, it was he who was helping me.

“He’s been he’s been a true gentleman and has been a true team player in this whole situation and we were talking about FP2, the things that he liked and didn’t like with a car.”

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