Albon ‘won’t listen’ to Hamilton’s criticism

Jamie Woodhouse

Dr Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton of interfering when he advised Red Bull to promote Alex Albon at the expense of Pierre Gasly.

Lewis Hamilton has suggested that Alex Albon isn’t pulling his weight at Red Bull, but the Thai driver “won’t listen” to his rival.

Albon finished the Belgian Grand Prix in P6, an improved performance for sure, but it was another race where he failed to join team-mate Max Verstappen in a bid to compete with Mercedes.

Instead, Albon was beaten to the line by the Renaults driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.

After the race Hamilton said that Verstappen was somewhat of a one-man show for Red Bull and that it meant he lacked the strategical options to disrupt Mercedes.

“What you have got to look at with the Red Bulls is that they do have a very good car,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“People downplay it but they have got a very strong car and Max is doing a great job with it.

“Unfortunately both drivers aren’t there like me and Valtteri [Bottas] are there.

“That makes it harder for them. I’ve experienced that myself many years ago when I was at McLaren and I was the driver always at the front.

“I didn’t have the team-mate backing up so you equally don’t get the constructors’ points but then you also can’t play strategy on the cars you are racing again.

“So Red Bull have that and Max is sort of there on his own.

“Of course I really really want to have more of a fight, but that’s not on me and I’ve just got to keep on what I’m doing.”

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Red Bull have consistently defended Albon and claim to be happy with what they are seeing from their protegee, and ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Albon made it clear that he isn’t going to listen to what Hamilton says.

“I’m not here to make excuses obviously, but at least Spa wasn’t a bad weekend,” he told Sky F1.

“I want more, I’m the hardest person on myself. I know the hard work happens between myself and the team, but it’s just a work in progress.

“I won’t listen to what Lewis has to say, but I know it’s the hard work at the factory and over here that’s going to make the difference.”

Albon goes into the Italian Grand Prix at Monza P4 in the Drivers’ Championship, but 62 points behind Red Bull team-mate Verstappen.

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