Albon: This one wasn’t ’50/50′ like Brazil

Date published: July 5 2020

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Red Bull’s Alex Albon is placing the blame on Lewis Hamilton for their second podium-ending crash in the last three races.

Hamilton’s afternoon at the Red Bull Ring had already gotten off to a bad start when he was given a three-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags during Q3.

Of course he had already been cleared of that, but a second Red Bull protest against Mercedes in the same weekend prompted a change of heart for the FIA.

Hamilton had been running in P2 during the race behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas when the Safety Car returned to the pit lane after Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo was cleared.

The Briton was soon hit with another penalty in the latter stages of the race though – a five-second penalty after causing a collision with Albon.

The Red Bull man attempted to go around the outside of Turn 4 on fresher and softer tyres, and despite appearing to be ahead Albon was tagged by Hamilton and sent into the gravel.

It was yet another collision for the pair which potentially cost Albon his first F1 podium.

The first incident came at the penultimate race of 2019, the Brazilian Grand Prix, where Hamilton punted Albon out of a podium place in the closing stages.

The six-time World Champion accepted blame back then, but this time around felt it was a “racing incident“.

Albon didn’t agree.

“I really felt like we could have won that race,” he told Sky F1.

“Of course I think Mercedes had the outright pace today but the guys did a great job with strategy, and when I did the pit stop I felt ‘where are we on track? I don’t really know what’s going on’.

“As soon as it all played out it looked really strong for us, and I knew they were on the hard tyres.

“The first five laps was when I was going to do the overtakes, I was confident, the car was feeling good at that stage of the race.

“I feel like this one…I wouldn’t say hurts more, I felt like Brazil was a bit more 50/50.

“This one I felt like I had done the move already and was already focused on Bottas in front, it was so late the contact.

“There’s always the risk with overtaking on the outside, but I gave as much space as I really could.

“I was right on the edge, I knew as long as I gave him all the space that I could then it’s up to him if he wants to crash or not.”

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