In the round-up: Alexander Albon admits he isn’t happy with his performance in the Eifel Grand Prix after flat-spotting his tyres early on and being penalised for a collision with Daniil Kvyat.
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What they say
Albon reflected on a tough race which resulted in his third point-less finish of the year after Red Bull retired his car due to radiator damage:
I locked up. Obviously on a track like this, with a track temperature like this, that’s the worst thing to do. We boxed, came through and had I think some power unit issue or something, I’m not too sure.
Obviously the pace in the car is good so it’s annoying to have a result like this now. But to be honest, I mean on my side, I wasn’t really too happy with my race. Just a few mistakes and obviously the lock-up compromised a lot.
“I think we could and should have finished a bit higher, in eighth, but the last Safety Car really hurt us as we lost places to Hulkenberg and Grosjean. In the end, though, finishing in the top ten was the target and we did it.”
“Daniel drove a great race and fully deserved this – we will have to see about that bet now! It is a bit bittersweet as only one car was at the finish line. Esteban was driving a solid race until his car developed a hydraulic issue and we had to retire him. Without it we could have got a huge points result, which is very important as reliability is what will eventually define the championship in Abu Dhabi.”
“Obviously, we did a different strategy on tires – it was very difficult at the beginning. For us, we have to take risks, if we follow regular strategy we don’t have the raw pace to be up there sadly. We managed to hold on though and go for one stop in the race.”
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