Alex Albon thinks Monza should ‘only mean good things’ for Williams

Jon Wilde
Williams driver Alex Albon at the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal, June 2022.

Williams' Alex Albon at the Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal, June 2022.

Alex Albon has high hopes for the Italian Grand Prix after coming away “pretty happy” from a Zandvoort circuit not expected to suit Williams.

The London-born Thai driver finished 12th at the tight, twisty, high-downforce Dutch Grand Prix venue for the team that has scored only four points this season.

But the last race of the current triple-header, at Monza this coming weekend, will play to Williams’ strengths a whole lot more.

The ‘Temple of Speed’ is a low-downforce circuit comprising a series of straights and high-speed corners broken up by chicanes, with the fastest average speed on the calendar of 264kph.

Williams are at their most impressive in a straight line, difficult to overtake, and so the second of the two races this term in Italy could provide Albon with a good opportunity to add to the points he scored in Australia, Miami and Belgium.

“It’s Monza, it should be quick down the straights,” Albon told of the FW44 car after the Dutch Grand Prix.

“At Zandvoort we were at max downforce but we were still quick down the straight, so that should only mean good things for next week.”

The 26-year-old former Red Bull driver admitted he had low expectations in the Netherlands but his car had fared more competitively than anticipated.

Asked he had been reasonably happy to finish 12th, Albon replied: “I am, yeah. I feel like on paper it was actually quite a good day.

“We didn’t expect much this whole weekend, especially in the race, and we were okay. I felt like we were actually quite fast.

“So I’m happy. It wasn’t points but I feel like it was pretty close to, and we were really good on the medium tyre (C2). Everything else we struggled a bit more.

“There’s a lot of ifs, buts and maybes. I think that Safety Car at the end kind of ruined us, we got stuck in blue flags with the Mercedes and lost a bit of time to everyone, and then everyone was also allowed to pit at the end because of that. So I’m pretty happy.”

In contrast, Albon’s team-mate Nicholas Latifi had another weekend to forget and after being almost a second down on everyone else in qualifying due to an engine problem, he was last of the 18 drivers to finish the race.

“I don’t really know why we were lacking so much pace,” said the Canadian. “All weekend we were really struggling.

“It was just very slow and I don’t really have an answer as to why, so one to learn from.”