Williams have “higher expectations” for Monza as group seeks factors

Williams driver Alex Albon suggests the group “have bigger anticipations heading into Monza” as Components one returns to a very low-downforce monitor suited to their car’s strengths.

Albon scored the team’s to start with factors in 9 races at the Belgian Grand Prix two months back at Spa-Francorchamps. The Williams FW44’s robust straight-line overall performance designed it a much more aggressive proposition in Belgium, and the group hope Monza’s very long straights imply a repeat could be on the playing cards this weekend.

Final weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort was also favourable for Albon’s facet of the garage, he mentioned, in spite of a absence of factors. He concluded twelfth and was delighted with his car’s speed at a monitor which areas a bigger emphasis on downforce.

“It was not to far too magnificent, but I feel it was a incredibly superior race,” he mentioned. “If you feel about our automobile and its positive aspects, Zandvoort is not the a single that ticks packing containers and we truly experienced frequently superior race speed.

“If you glance at our stints, aside from the closing a single, we were being truly very brief – remarkably brief, to be reasonable. The wind died down, that performed a significant portion for us, and we could make the medium [tyres] do the job a great deal much more than the hards and the softs, so that is anything to have a dig at and glance why that is.”

The group were being deprived by the timing of the Security Automobile, mentioned Albon. The totally free pit halt some motorists were being in a position to get when the Security Automobile arrived out nullified the benefit in tyre lifestyle he would have obtained from his possess pit halt just prior to it.

“I’m not guaranteed if it would have afflicted our posture, but if you glance at the previous Security Automobile and then the Mercedes’ pit [stop], we received the blue flags from the Mercs, we dropped a ton of time there and then and every person in entrance could pit and we were being the exact on tyre benefit. We could not actually use anything at all. It is what it is, but I’m pleased.”

The Italian Grand Prix has been a single of Williams’ strongest in new seasons but Albon mentioned he does “not want to place the anticipations far too high”.

“We were being entire downforce [at Zandvoort], but we were being however very superior down the straights, so it need to do,” he mentioned.

“I’m guaranteed every person else can fall their drag if they want to. I’ll be intrigued to see if we however have a straight-line benefit appear Monza, but of class I guess we have bigger anticipations heading into Monza than we did at Zandvoort.

“Spa is fairly a superior monitor to overtake on, but Monza is even much easier. So let us see if we can maintain some individuals at the rear of.”

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