Williams Racing director Jost Capito was impressed with how Alex Albon he performed for the team after a year of absence from the sport.
According to Capitou, the free year was probably the best thing that could have happened to Albon. The German believes he has given the Thai competitor a chance to learn how other experienced drivers approach the challenges in F1.
He told Racer.com:
“While working with Red Bull, he was on most races and saw what the interaction between the drivers and the team was like, and then, while he was on the team, he saw how the drivers could influence the team and how the team reacted, which the driver doesn’t normally understand .
“He saw it then after the meetings, what happened on the team, and he benefited a lot from it. He’s a very smart guy so he learned a lot from this.”
Jost explained how well Albon did on the team, and admitted that he underestimated how much he could improve in a year outside of the sport. He said:
“Alex did fantastically well, I think that’s the best thing that could have happened to the team. But what I underestimated is what he got through the year out of the car.”
Alex Albon needed a “second chance” to reach his full potential
According to the director of the Williams Racing team, the 26-year-old used that knowledge to improve his own ability. He said:
“I think it has improved his ability to ask something from the team and to achieve it because he knows how to approach the team, he has seen the different ways drivers approach the team and how they have gotten support. That’s how he learned an awful lot. “
“On the other hand, he is very happy to be back in the car, because it is his second chance. And very often it takes a second chance to really reach its full potential. ”
Albon’s return to the sport was nothing short of impressive. The driver scored a point for Williams Racing and completely dominated his teammate.
For someone who was in big disfavor at the end of the 2020 campaign, Albon has certainly marked all the frames this season.