Albon understands why Max got new RB16 nose

Mark Scott
Alex Albon

Alex Albon has said he completely understands why Red Bull has given Max Verstappen exclusive access to a new nose for his RB16.

Albon is going to have to wait until at least the next race weekend, also taking place Austria, before he can starting using the new part himself as Verstappen has been given both the race part and the accompanying spare.

But Albon understands Red Bull’s decision given Verstappen’s very strong form at the team’s home circuit, where he has won both the 2018 and 2019 editions.

“Historically speaking, Max has had really good results here,” Albon told Autosport when asked why Verstappen was given priority over the new nose.

“I cannot really fault the team for why they did it. But I think come the second race, I will have the parts as well. So I’m not too worried. I’m just focusing on the job I have right now.”

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Albon qualified P5 for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix but was not entirely happy with his first qualifying session of the season.

He added: “It feels good to be back in a qualifying session and I enjoyed it, but I’m not overly happy with my result.

“I struggled a bit at the beginning but by the end I was ok. We just weren’t able to maximise it.

“On the first run in Q3 I was too far behind the pack and although it’s not Monza, it’s similar here in that a slipstream is worth a good chunk of time, but there was some time in my driving too.

“On my second Q3 run we got yellow flags after Bottas went off so that wasn’t ideal but P5 on the grid isn’t too bad and let’s see how our race pace is.”

Turning attention back to Red Bull’s new RB16 nose, Verstappen is still not completely sure just how much time it is potentially worth to him and the team.

“Well, there was only one set,” said Verstappen.

“They gave it to me. I mean we are still understanding the difference between the wings but you know it’s different philosophies behind it.

“I can’t really tell you how much of a difference it is because I don’t know. But yeah, we’re learning, we’re understanding different things.”

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