17 Burst results for "Alex Albon"

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

05:05 min | Last week

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"And it's like, and now that relationship, he said, I don't want to race for you guys. It's really, really fractured. And I think that it's a battle of a driver doesn't want to race for you. What does that say? Even if you say, well, here's your contract. It doesn't exactly so seize for like a happy relationship in the future. So yeah, it's really, really messy. I do wonder if maybe seeing how things rumble on the next few weeks, everyone may say, right, let's put our arms down and talk about this and get something sorted. So people are as happy as can be. But I think either way alpena losing big time in this. But also for piastre himself, he's already a meme on the Internet. All the brands are getting involved. Isn't it? And it might not last forever, but he's a young, he's a young guy. It's not a situation that he himself would have engineered, surely. But yeah, I'm not saying he's a joke, but the situation is a joke and he's got his name all over it. It's not great, is it? And I saw he was liking the tweets about Mercedes were making jokes and putting funny pictures up and he's liking Ryanair did a really good one we saw. And he's liking those tweets, right? So he's involved in the whole situation. Anna somebody posted yesterday online a picture of otmar in 2005 in Honda gear because BAR Honda, Williams fighting over button who wanted to break a contract and move that went to arbitration or Formula One's version of that. BI Honda one and otmar was the head of the auto sport the motor sport division at Honda at that time. So none of these guys are new to contracts. This is not his first rodeo, and he's won in the past, but as you say, if a driver doesn't want to race for you, like you can't strap them in to the seat and say drive fast. So it's a real messy situation. And again, all the management has changed to understand. So that team losing Daniel Ricciardo in the way that it did the war of words that happened there, that was a messy end with their star driver at the time Daniel Ricciardo star was still very, very in the ascendancy almost because he had formed that team around him and was starting to do pretty well. He jumped ship to McLaren, all knew management at instant Renault Alpine name. And then if you zoom out a little bit just to get your final thoughts on this to sort of the thousand feet view, we've got other teams that haven't sorted their seats yet, Hassan Williams et cetera. And then the 10,000 feet of you, you've got VW group investment, possibly Audi coming in, Porsche coming into the sport. So Aston are talking about a 5 year plan to be championship winning team. So how do you think this is playing out in the wider scheme final word kind of Alex just your thoughts on this kind of this bigger setting itself up for the future and these drivers that we're going to have in Formula One, Lando, George, Oscar, this kind of next generation, everyone's kind of posturing to get those drivers in their teams. I think for Lando Norris and George Russell doesn't change much at all. He gets a drive, his talent will shine through. But what he really does cement, particularly the fact that Alonso jumped ship is things do not look good for Alpine because Aston is still rebuilding. It's doing its redoing its factory, a lot of investment there. And if we already did that, like completely changed the end stone base, people were talking about their years ago, came back to the team, couldn't even find their way around the factory because the buildings had physically changed so much. So if all that investment's gone on, and Alonso still thinking, why should I stay? The monies enough to tempt me away and this one's a building project. It's not an alpena at the front of the field. So ultimately, the whole situation, it's a disaster. And who could help you go racing with Luke next year if it's an Oscar for the ashtray. I mean, yeah, I've seen suggestions of Pierre gasly. That's definitely not happening. Why not, a French team? French. He's under contract with Red Bull and for alfajor and although there's no feature of him at Red Bull, then I think they wouldn't be looking to let him go, be the personality clash would not work between him and Esteban ocon. So I think that probably wouldn't happen. I honestly, I think Daniel Ricciardo, that would be my if I was going to say who right now will be racing for our P next, he's I say Ricardo is going to go back to end zone. He'll go back. He knows a lot of the people even if the top level management have changed. And I think that change also means that the wounds of healed from a couple of years ago. Half an hour has spoken and said that there would be no issue bringing Daniel back. So that I reckon is the most likely outcome in this. And some good seats on the grid, Williams and Alex Albon staying there, but no news on second seat. Not yet, no, but again, that is something that they were looking at piastres partner album for next year. Valves has not happened. And now I think they can look to maybe formula two Logan Sargent there, young American driver. I mean, that would have a big appeal for their American owners, but also for Formula One as a whole. I think that would be a that would be a good move if they went for it. Nick de vries is another option, the formula E champion. He's done an FP one for them this season. He was on the short list for last year before they went for Alex Albon. So yeah, I think Williams, they've got a couple of options, but if I were them I maybe buy my time and just see how this sort of Alpine McLaren situation plays out and if anyone falls through the cracks, they might say, well, it's us or nothing and yeah, do you want to keep racing in Formula One? We could offer you a home. Wow, wait. An

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"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

Box of Neutrals

07:30 min | 3 weeks ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

"To have. In terms of next year, legally, he's been to this team, and as I'm McLaren, but beyond that, though, that's the one that's really getting the, that's probably going to, I guess, stop that rumor mill. Becoming very active and apart from launching liveries, the second most clicked on articles in any new website just ask them is driver movement. So maybe not a 2023 question, but certainly 2024 question. There are a couple of interesting things happening in the background here. One is, and didn't you did you say last week or do I completely misremember? I didn't go back and listen to the episode, unfortunately. Did you did you create the Oscar piastre to McLaren prediction? Mark Webber did. That's easy. I had nothing to do with this prediction. I did say, no, I actually said it was more of because I can't remember that. Was Alex because I had the classical three way movement between because we had the idea that it would be foolish of our pain to just let go of Oscar piastre to the direct competitor. Correct. But therefore, if Fernando Alonso wasn't going to badge, for example, and you couldn't move Esteban ocon, for example. Then you would instead have a ploy to negotiate. But this hinges on Daniel Ricciardo going because I don't think Danny Ricciardo and Alexander albon with the greatest of respect to Alex Albon. Is the best sort of like for like trade. But it would involve Oscar going to Williams, but therefore Alex, then shifting off to McLaren. Yes. So that is not my prediction whatsoever. Oh, okay. Very good. It was to be fair to rob to dramas. It did crop up in some report haj, the idea that Alex L one. If Ricardo packed up and went home, might be on the radar. Who wrote that? I want to know who actually heard that. The good folk at the BBC I believe are at it. I think they did. Sacred fans of box of neutrals I tell you what I'm going to stop making up even more ludicrous rumors. Yes. Just ask him about liquor land and what's going on in the bargain bin. Yeah, it's interesting. That's certainly in the situation where Daniel would step back, which clearly he said he isn't. Because and I think we've talked about this as well. If he did, there's no obvious replacement driver, especially with peer gasly saying he's definitely staying at toroso next year at AlphaTauri, whatever you call him these days. Man, I sound old all of us. I feel like an old man. But, you know, there's no one obvious, but Alex, everyone good on him. He's having a crack. And of course the other idea is that we still don't know where piastre is going. Because that's sort of what, you know, I'm not going to speculate as to exactly what triggered Daniel to suddenly get on Instagram and say this because obviously race by race is sort of asked the question more often than not and he enters it. But obviously he's gone very direct to our Instagram, but certainly it's come after the rumors that Oscar piastre could go to McLaren. The rumors that Mark Webber he's manager is there talking old mate Andrea Seidel who masterminded his LeMond. Did you win the championship as well? No, he never won LeMond but won the championship, didn't he and wick. I think that's what happened. Mark Webber was the other way around. That's right. So, you know, that was the rumor that kind of pursuit at all proceeded anyway. Daniel Ricciardo's message there. And the only reason that Mark Webber might be trying to get Oscar piastre de McLaren is because he doesn't think Alpine is close enough to doing a deal to get him anywhere else, which is another if you're an Australian fan, concerning couple of weeks. I know, it's always a case of these Australian drivers wrong place and wrong time. Nothing going right in that front apart from the fact your job description on your passport invasive applications Formula One brackets reserve brackets drop. So just put your thumb over the reserve when you're showing things. Yeah, so this would be, this would be quite telling because then because you hate it because clearly they haven't thought of a plan B of like what if Oscar does not get a Formula One to say what do we do with do we do we shop him around to, I don't know. Grove racing for endurance seated supercars. Is that what's left in terms of Oscar driving something at least at least next year? Because yeah, Formula One, it's Formula One or bust for him. That said, you know, and there could be a home for him in 2024, but she was he then a panty on a driver that has a race for two seasons and because it's not like he's actually racing anything at the minute either, like keeping sharp in say a super formula or something like that. So by then, yeah, you missed the boat a little bit and all of a sudden you've got our other formerly two candidates knocking on the door at the right time. So now that's a scenario. I don't think anyone's really thought of. Nor do they want to because I think everyone wants to see Oscar eventually. In an F one state. Absolutely right. And you touched on it there as well, but as someone will win formula two this year. And they might have a good crack and don't forget Alpine's got Jack do and as well. Weirdly enough another Australian, but their next young up and coming guy. And he's having a decent season. I think you'll need a little bit more time to fully get into it. But, you know, eventually there's going to be a lot of pressure from there's going to be a backlog for our pain to deal with and so the time is now to really get at least Oscar through the conveyor belt and hold on to him, hopefully. But you know, he's got to get a seat. He's got to get his seat. I think something to go back a step back to Daniel though here. What I think is kind of interesting. I was reading, I think this was an article on the race anyway this week. There was kind of talking about, well, this is a little bit a little bit we can interpret this as a bit of a like, well, sack me if you did because I've got a contract and you'll have to pay me out kind of thing. Yeah. And that goes back to that idea, well, there's like, there's no one really to replace him with. Going back even further to last year now. Now, at the start of last year, Daniel also had a fairly average season. You could argue this is arguably worse, but I think he's also had a little bit of bad luck this year that makes the point tally look worse than it has been, even though he still has been off north's pace. Second half of last year though he had scored Lando Norris, right? And part of the reason we're all disappointed now is because he hasn't been able to keep that up. But what if we go, what if we talk about this theory that he just takes too long to adapt, right? I don't think he took that long to adapt it Renault but you could argue well, it was really only second season that he really got comfortable with the car and started performing well. If this is an all new car, maybe we will see in the second half of this season, Daniel getting battery bitter again and then because next year's car will be the same chassis, whatever, you know, same rules. Maybe we'll actually be 2023. The very last year of this contract. I feel like at the start of the year, we're talking about wow, he's got to do it this year. You know, it's going to be hard to rebuild from there. Yeah. But maybe actually, this steel V on track believe it or not. He's just buying time. Basically, which is a bizarre concept, it actually is painful to consider because we're talking about Daniel Ricciardo in a completely different breadth. Yes. 5 years ago, for example, he was talking about championships. For crying out loud. And now that's a memory for him, which is a little bit of a little bit of a victim of the news cycle because he's one of a handful of Grand Prix of the Monaco Grand Prix

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"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

Box of Neutrals

01:49 min | Last month

"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

"Because clearly they need assistance. They're very, you know, they're very busy with having to apologize to the millions of viewers around the world for the national anthem person swearing at the end of it. I thought he did. They're an apology from crafty or from Lisbon. There must have been two shocks. All right, I can tell you it's loaded now. The winner of the British Grand Prix in formula mcginley on 273 points. It's try from India. He did try, and he succeeded. I can tell you what his team is in case anyone wants to copy him. Hamilton was the mega driver at both qualitatively and in this game. It also had Sergio Pérez, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, and Alex Albon, album was the only one obviously I have to screw points. And Ferrari was his team with two cars in the points. So very well done. Very well done job by try second was shake your help bonds. Well, he was shaking. Not very good at this, was also seconds. Are you all right at this fourth was team one from Ireland? 5th was Davis F one? 6th side pod racing 7th. These cars out aren't louder enough or loud enough. Yes, very good. Oh, these are great. This is a great tail end of the top ten. 7th battery F one. 9th leclerc and collect ten haunts Harold frankton. That's superb. Tenth, the groundhog effect. There's a lot of equal tents, team one. 13 thin, top he's. Still less if it's the Nelson pay guy. Toby has a new joke, by the way. Do you want to hear? Oh, yes, please. Do you want to eat Nelson pay K calling up Bruce and Bill? What's the difference between a lentil.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

Box of Neutrals

01:57 min | Last month

"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

"It could be worse, Michael, because you could be out of a possible 511th. Participants, I was 428. Oh no. Yeah. Did you have Nikita Mazepin in your tank? Possibly. Probably you had Zach Brown. I had probably make sure who did I have. I don't think I've changed my mind in a little bit, 'cause I thought it was mine was a lucky, consistent team. I felt confident. But you know, there are people who tipped better than me and are better. So who do I have? I had say this is what's confusing. So I've got Ferrari in my thing, yeah. So that's okay. Pierre gasly. Fernando Alonso. Lando Norris. Surgery Perry's. That's very boss ass. Oh yeah, exactly. So how have I and how are there 427 others? That have just asked, I don't think that was a bad team. So much time, I'm not going to even go there. I'm not going to even change it, such as the team or confident with. Well, let me tell you what doctor Marco's dad Jane's house just for reference. He's team was Ferrari, same game. He's turbo driver was Carlos Sainz. That's good. Alex Albon. He didn't score points. Crash? No, I'm not very good. Sebastian Vettel, he scored some point. Why has he got points in this game? He didn't do that well. This is rigged. This is mega driver though as Max Verstappen. So he's got a lot of bonus points. In fact, all the top the top 6 this week all use the mega driver, which gets you triple points, I think, off the top of my head. Okay. So there you go. Overall, I'm currently ranked 354 out of 511, which means we are 182 short of the magic number. So get joining. And we'll check back next week on film in the beginning. Neutral. Couple more things to touch on before we wrap this one up. One is Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton on Friday was.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

07:43 min | 2 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"You think do you think you can stay out and hold these conditions? Immediately. Straight into the wall afterwards. But that's because he answered the question about 5 seconds before the cat. It wasn't happening as live. Yeah, exactly, so when it comes out on the live TV forecasts that you're seeing, it's probably at least 30 seconds, maybe a minute, maybe a couple of laps old. But when you're watching it live on F one TV, there is a delay that needs to appreciate. Like, I noticed it with leclerc when he came into the pit lane and had his meltdown when he saw science was there because for our record him into late. He's gesturing with his hands and that's when he's shouting down the radio whereas that doesn't happen until if you watch the video anyway, so I've gone down a massive massive tangent there. No, I noticed that before because some of the best radio is after the flag. So if you do subscribe to F one TV and you've got time. Often it's fun just to go back and change the driver and just listen to the chatter for that cool down lap because they seem to obviously keep a lot off the radio and a lot for the debrief. But they seem to be a little more relaxed and kind of forget and it's interesting hearing the engineers coaching them on like you haven't done this but also it's interesting to hear that chatter. But I'm glad you said that Alex because a few times I've sort of seen the gears change on the wheel and it's like the audio doesn't match and that must be why. So I'm not going mad. I'm not going but if you have time on a Sunday, I'd recommend going back or any time actually and going back and listening because I was already really fascinating team radio at the end of the story, Jess. I talked over here. No, I think that's how I kind of I was going to say so you probably said something far more so there we go. So Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban ocon were the two that made the hard made the strategy work with running long. They both did 33 laps on the hards and stayed out and then did a shorter stint on the mediums. Both finishing in the top ten and getting some decent points. So yeah, double points finish for Alpine double points finish for McLaren benefiting those teams that were able to stay out and get some reliability as well, let's work our way down also good to see out at Valtteri Bottas in 11th missing out on the points, but yesterday on Saturday's podcast with Matt and John noble. They were talking about how Alfa Romeo have kind of gone backwards a little bit in terms of they were bringing those upgrades and really impressing and then this weekend a little bit more anonymous anyone else having that feeling would agree with John. John's just upset that Bottas didn't prove his sector three of Spain dairy around Monaco. It's probably got a theory that basically you can look at sector three in Spain and it should give you a good indication of who's going to come out well in Monaco and John had, well, it was true. Valtteri was really good through sector three in Spain. And then nothing happened in Monaco. So I'm only joking, of course, I'm completely pulling John's leg, but yeah. He's probably got a lot of bad things to say because they're not justifies his. Predictions still remaining true or valid. No, I'm pleased you brought it up because John also has a theory about F two and F one at Baku in his theory is if his theory is F two is crazy. And everyone bends it, then F one will be very boring because all the teams have just seen it and gone, oh, and actually in an F two this weekend on the sprint race, that was just a destruction Derby. In fact, there was a really horrible accident at the end. Was it Callum Williams? Getting like two cars like T boning him is horrible. Not that high speed, but it was a horrible accident. And so that was Jon's theory. There was a fight in the paddock after the race. What's that? Who was fighting? One of the drivers dads and the other drivers manager. I'm going to do it, Dan. I'm going to butcher the pronunciation, but the Turkish F two drivers, father and Roy nissany trainer, had a tether. Got into her. Oh, sorry, I spoke. I always liked that. Matt can you keep trying it? Matt Q we used any excuse to use that in a race reverse. I have noticed actually. Yeah, we had an we had a we had an amazing conversation in Bahrain about it. He absolutely loves it. I'm less of that. But you're right, I would subscribe to John's theory of basically the F one drivers and teams get spooked by F scary F two races at Baku. So they ease off and then if it's fine and then you'll just have a mental F one race. Let's work our way down a little bit. Alex Albon. Again, pace, or at least results, disappearing as quick as the red hair dye has done very talked about it on this podcast. We've talked about it before. There's another theory. They read my Friends. Yuki tsunoda, of course, with his duct tape rear wing ring coming home in 13th, not being able to use. His DRS Mick Schumacher 14th and then Latifi in 15th and Lance stroll in 16th. So yeah, the DNFs for Kevin Magnussen in the house and the two Ferraris as well, and I'm sure the Internet Jess will come back at you and saying, oh, yes, but correlation doesn't mean causation, but there is something here with Ferrari. So as we start to turn our attention on the podcast to look in forward. To Canada, I think we've kind of covered a lot of it off, but there's nothing that they can do is there. It's on the freight. Well, it's not even that freight, it's a different set of freight that's already in Canada. There's nothing the teams can do at this short notice about apart from that they can change components on reliability and upgrade on reliability, but it's as you were, isn't it? Worry times at Ferrari, anything else that we haven't covered off on the podcast yet before we talk about Canada. Yeah, can we talk about Joe guangyu? Because he was brilliant, he was much better than Bottas and Bottas is like, yeah, I don't know why so much faster than me. You can't explain it. And he's just been like, he got that point in Bahrain on debut. And just since then, he's one of luck, has been appalling. And considering the other, because he comes in with that sort of pay driver reputation, I know Formula One are absolutely delighted to have a Chinese driver informally one because of the markets and the opportunities that the suggestions there might be second racing Beijing, things like that. The opportunities that come from his presence there. The other drives to the page drive attack stroll and Latifi, the CM has just been awful. Whereas Joe has been very good and yet has had catastrophic misfortune and again, the car let us sit down again and he stopped here on the radio. Guys, what this, how can he still be happening? So yeah, I just thought it would be worth giving him a shout out because he was very impressive this weekend. I totally agree that he was I would tipped him for points as he was coming through the field and looking sort of where Bottas was like indeed he was quicker than Bottas and was ahead of him. And batter's finished 11th. So he would have been probably battling off on for that final point, but yeah, he was very, very unlucky. Yeah, the much like his comments over the radio sort of his post race was just like, oh, not again, but you sort of feel like regardless of that. If he keeps putting in those sorts of performances, given that he is still a rookie, of course. His fortune will change and things will come well. I guess one driver I'd like to mention just because it was not a race hill, remember for any of the right reasons again, which is sort of a tale of the season again, is Nicholas the tfe picking up penalties like their sweeties. But the blue flag one, at least the FIA decided blue flag to give some penalties for blue flags, because obviously I wasn't on the podcast after Monaco, but I went, I went through it and both Williams cars.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

07:30 min | 3 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"Faded Emilia romagna and re died for this weekend. And he said, he's back. He's back, he's feeling his form fade. And I was like, but the dive faded, and then it's re died now. It's more of a, it's a bright red again, and how you look at that with Alonso's penalty. 9th is so good. Which also means that Alex Albon has now scored more points than Fernando Alonso so far this year, which is a stat that I shall not be posting to Fernando Alonso, but it's no I wouldn't if I were you. It's great. It's great to see what Alban is doing. And I think that already comparisons have been drawn to the way that George Russell was so much the leader at that team alongside Nicholas Latifi. And we're kind of seeing a similar thing right now. Alban is always a step ahead and today he was absolutely fantastic again, getting the tire whisperer and the savings, but he's been doing. And it was a really great drive by him and it's just great to see someone who's been through so much in terms of being spat out by Red Bull and having year out to come in and just be performing at such a good level. So it really, really cool story. And I was actually talking to some team members at Williams before the race, and they were all extremely dejected because of their qualifying performance. They all believed they deserved more, I think. They thought that Alex had the pace to get into Q three. And so the fact that they were out in Q one for them was a massive blow. And the general feeling seemed to be quite one of, I actually won one team member said, we just need to score a point and that would be great. But I don't think they genuinely believed that they would. And I said to them, well, if anyone's going to do it, I think Alex will. And lo and behold, he did. Fluke. Our message the person I was talking to, and I was like, I told you. I'm not trying to wear a trumpet that hard. But he is. He is the driver that is going to do it. And he's doing such a good job at Williams. And it is as the extent it's so good to see considering the absolute whirlwind of a career he's had. But how good of a driver he is. And just the consistency of the performance is that he can pull out of that Williams. He's spearheading that team. What that says about Nikki? Amiable but slow Canadian as I believe I described him when I filed the audio file of our pen interview. Without wishing to be too downbeat, but I may be preempting the words of the other Alex, the one who's heckling us from the other side of this room who composes the driver ratings. But when I say that although Alex Alban, he's coming over and out. This is be a deer and fetch as a bottle from the fridge. So Valtteri Bottas is dad. Why is he being so mean to me? Can I help? I was saying, well, come hither, Alex. And I will add and break, and I thought that you can then transmit to the auto sport readers and pass them off as your own. Wow. Wow. Slipping into my soothsayer role now. I'm confidently predict that when Alex K composes his driver ratings, he will acknowledge that while Alex a did drive a very well judged race. It was because he didn't string together his theoretical best lap in qualifying that he underperformed and maybe that is what separates him from, say, George Russell in that role was also maximized the car in qualifying as well as getting good results out of it. And I think the issue for Nicholas Latifi is that he kind of does neither at the moment and he is struggling with time management and the issues he Nicholas was reporting with the car throughout the race. He's been driving like somebody who had no confidence in it at all and I think he needs to find he needs to turn a corner in his understanding of the car and the way to switch the tyres on, otherwise he's just constantly going to be slip sliding. But to return to the beginning of this exceedingly long and rambling peroration, I feel that Alex K will be marking Alex a down in his driver ratings because he failed to string together his theoretical ideal lap in qualifying, correct. But I'll do it much quicker than that. Okay, I do want to give on the last ten minutes of the podcast. A couple of incidents and things to talk about, we'll mention McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo finishing 13th, the 5 second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, Lando Norris, a DNF because of that clash with gastly, which, yes, the Internet was, as the race was going on, I noticed posting a few more memes, probably Latifi based of just poking him saying, come on, crash, do something unfair to him. But then we did get a crash, and it's not where I thought it was going to come from with someone just, you know, getting a little too hot into a wall or something. Luke, you've spoken to the drivers after today. Is anyone taking responsibility for that because looking at it from different angles? You could kind of a portion of the blame 50 50 could Lando have given the gas was off track and clearly, even if you didn't have a technical issue, had that would have then picked up some darkness tyres. Could land of giving a wider birth was gasly at fault for just not seeing Lando come past big, big accident causing the safety car. What do you reckon? It was gasly's basically the car was broken. It was because the clash with Alonso that he had had that issue and that he said, I couldn't basically I couldn't stay. I couldn't get the car around. So he said he couldn't do much more. He said he had cars obviously flying past him. He wanted to get out of the way. He was planning to come into the pits and retire the car. But yeah, Nando obviously came across and Norris said, well, what more could I have done? I couldn't have gone to even further to the left and sort of wrist like I am going to be pushing to the walls. So yeah, I don't think anyone's taking any real blame there and a gassy said, I don't really see any reason to apologize. Lando had it explained to me he's like, well, it's just unlucky then and he reckons he would have finished 8th at best, so no huge loss, but yeah, obviously not how either would have wanted their races to have ended. Lando said afterwards that it was a bit of a eye opener as to their level of competitiveness against the rest of the field. And they seemed obviously you would be dejected if you've crashed out of the race, but it definitely seemed to be that they need to go away and have a really hard look and that the maybe they were buoyed by previous races, but this one kind of showed them up a little bit and they did really struggle. It was interesting that Daniel Ricciardo seemed quite chipper from my slightly peculiar view as I stood in the press pen looking at him speaking to the TV crews in the TV pen. He seemed to be sort of in smiley Dan mode, so not too bad. Lando just looked quite dejected and certainly in the.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

04:37 min | 3 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc to victory, in Formula One's first Miami Grand Prix, winning after passing on track early on and defying pressure after a late safety car caused by a collision between McLaren's Lando Norris and Pierre gasly. Ferrari could not turn their front row lockout into a one two finish and I want to know from the guys on the podcast today where the Red Bull considered themselves unlucky not to get a one to finish. It was a power unit issue possibly holding Perez back in fourth. Instead, it would be Verstappen, leclerc, science, podium, not the last time we've seen that podium I bet you in 2022. I'm joined on the podcast today from Miami. It's so nice to have you guys all sat around a table back at the races again. We've got Luke Smith, Jess mcfadden and out of his box, Stuart coddling at cottage will start with you back at a Grand Prix. Literally out of my suitcase and out of the box room, which I share with the air con unit, which we've fortunately turned off so that our listeners don't hear some terrible wine in the background. Usually the wine in the background is me, of course. Carlos Sainz finished third ahead of a hobbled Sergio Pérez. George Russell coming in 5th in the first of the Mercedes followed by Lewis Hamilton, Russell would gain massively with the safety car timing and beating his teammate in that battle afterwards. Verstappen, well, he would do half the job at the start of the race, being aggressive around the outside of turn one to take second place from Carlos Sainz and really science had nowhere to go if he had a break any later. He risked running into the back of his teammate so Verstappen taking one place there on lap 7 Verstappen would get within DRS range of Leclair and two laps later passed him at the same turn one to take the lead and from them never looked back. Was it an easy cruise to victory? Could Ferrari have won today in any way? Well, Mercedes Benz delighted after that 5th and 6th. Other stories to get into today Bottas, finishing 7th, but will he feel hard done by because he was running much higher for much of the race. Aachen finishing in 8th some late penalties, which if you turned off the coverage, straight after you might not know about, Alonso, you might think was 9th, but he wasn't two 5 second penalties. In 9th place, Alex Albon and in tenth, Lance stroll. So let's start with Luke. From the coverage, which always is difficult when you're watching the Formula One on the director is choosing certain things. It looked like a bit of a not quite a walk in the park because he looked pretty shattered afterwards with his helmet off, but it did look like Verstappen had that one under control. What's your analysis? I think he did definitely face pressure from leclerc. I think Red Bull definitely had the pace of advantage this weekend. I think that we saw it was pretty comfortable once he got those moves completed and got into the lead and he managed to build up quite a decent advantage over the first and he didn't need to react immediately when the clerk tried to get a bit of an undercut because the gap was so big left it too laps and came in. And yeah, it was still a good sort of 6, 7 seconds up the road and was able to hold that gap pretty firm. And I think that the only real pressure we saw max come under was after the safety car period and that obviously gave the clerk a chance to get back into the fight. They were on the same similar age of hard tires. That obviously meant there wasn't a huge advantage either way. And DRS meant that leclerc was able to get close. Now a few times he was sort of having a little look, getting quite close, but he can never get close enough to really go for a proper lunge and make a move and then yeah, we saw leclerc in the closing stage just began to fall away a little bit and that max was able to get home pretty comfortably in the end. But I think it was, yeah, it was a weekend that I think he definitely had to fight through. I thought that he was brilliant at the start. He said that he found a lot of grip on the outside of turn one, which was something a lot of the drivers didn't really find. They were all trying to stick on that inside, but he swung it around the outside well to get science. And I think that it was a really good performance for max. I think he's going to be quite high on Alex's drive ratings, not a ten though, without wishing to bring any spoilers in, but it was, yeah, I think a really good display from max. And I think that, again, points to the fact that Red Bull does have a very slight but very important pace advantage over Ferrari at the moment. And for max, I think there's a stack going around Twitter of all the races he's actually finished this year and that includes the sprint race at imola, of course. He's won. So it's a really, really strong start to the year for him. And obviously not leading the championship, but I think him and Red Bull are in a really good spot right.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

07:41 min | 3 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"I suppose it's probably because he was so far up on Charles at the beginning of the lap and then as you say it leaked away from him and then he just sort of took a different line into the final corner and it didn't work for him. And that's, as I said earlier, a function of the lack of track time. Indeed, he's using he's talking about the problem that he's having with this car. He's not quite gelling it. He says, he's getting more into sort of driving it the way it's supposed to be driven as leclerc is able to do, but it just seems with science he just says as repeatedly, just can't string it together. And that is very, very key. To doing well in 2022. Let's come on to talk about Max Verstappen, who was Carlos Sainz was downbeat. We're going to have to find another way to describe what Max Verstappen was in the first place. He was streaming. I mean, he sat there. He was almost exuding anger just sort of from his every poor. He didn't he was not happy. He said, Red Bull is operations. Haven't gone right this weekend, obviously there's been the reliability dramas, and he said, you know, we hurt ourselves. We could have done so much better without what happened in practice happening. I think pole position was on. If they'd had a perfect run of practice, I think that package is a bit it reminds me a lot of not quite the Turkish Grand Prix last year where a little details on tyres caused Verstappen but I still think that package has the edge and if they don't have major problems, he makes the difference as well. So yeah, I think it was interesting is that it was Daven house's tendency to essentially to publicly blame his team. I don't think other drivers have their little moments, even Lewis Hamilton, you know, sometimes can't hide during these great run of form can't hide his frustration totally. But it was a bit, it was a bit too pointed, I thought, from Verstappen today in terms of the way he said, we failed, you know, essentially blaming his team, I thought, yeah, I asked him to elucidate on the comments he made. I think the immediate aftermath of qualifying when he was in feud on the griddy. He said, we need to make these weekends less difficult. So I thought, let's drill down into that. So I asked him to elucidate. Do you mean difficult as in the reduced amount of track time in the new format gives you less time or do you mean in terms of the operations of the team than the build of the car? Whatever went wrong with your car this weekend, that reduced your track time. And if it is the latter, how do you move forward from that? And I think he realized that I wasn't exactly digging a trench for him, but he realized that he had kind of thrown his team under the bus. So he began by being a little bit of a and then he got in stuck into the meat and potatoes of well actually the team could have done a better job and we do need to make our track time count. So yeah, very, very disappointed Max Verstappen and I think you would have been on for poll had he had more time and you could argue that that sort of minor sleep he had turned 5 and 6 was also a function of that lack of track time because he was trying hard and these connected corners that there is a learning process to go through to get the maximum performance out of the car and tyres through them. Indeed, well, we're going to come on to talk about another topic, which is the race event itself. But it's very quickly there were starring performances from Valtteri Bottas in Q three, Fernando Alonso very frustrated not to make Q three because of his sort of blamed science first with impeding him right at the end of Q two, the stuarts looked at it, decided it wasn't even worthy of a full investigation. Sebastian Vettel, last time at the chicane, also very annoyed not to make it through to Q three. And Williams bit gutted Alex Albon didn't make it into Q two having shown strong pace in everyone and the FP three was in the top ten. Basically, William said the tyres were too cold at the start of the lap and too hot at the end, so it all went wrong for album there. Yeah, well, I mean, yeah, I just kind of wanted to have a quick chat before we would have a couple of race predictions before we end the podcast, but just about this event because it's so interesting. I've been comparing it jestingly to a formula E event all weekend. Because I covered formula E for a couple of years. It is really interesting because you've got the same sort of bridges that you've got a climb to get access to. It is a completely temporary event. It's going to be everything is all going to be taken down. It's a car park Grand Prix. That is a statement of fact, despite what people on social media have been bizarrely trying to claim. But done tremendously well. It's almost I also think formula E does tremendously good things, but it's done nothing on this level. The scale of the event, everything is absolutely tremendous. But we've even had little bad formula E things like the track surface breaking up. The drivers, they are complaining about the track surface, even where it hasn't broken out. They're saying, you know, they're complaining that the lack of grip offline is making it too difficult. Despite very many of them, high profile is saying, we want to see tracks that punish driver mistakes. Well, this one is doing that. And I think the best cars and the best drivers are still at the front. They just need to get on with it. So yeah, what are you making of the Miami venue and event so far? It's certainly a fascinating thing, and as you say, there is no getting away from the fact that it is a car park and a little bit that runs under a road junction. They've done a great job in landscaping it in disguising that. I know a lot of people have mocked the fake Marina, but I think it's in keeping with the artifice of this town. And it was a fun and creative way of we know it's a VIP hospitality event and it's a great creative way of getting those people closer to the track and giving them a rewarding experience. And it is in the nature of attract surface like this to be temporary to be very green. They've worked very hard to try and make it abrasive, but obviously there are, I hate to use the word learnings. So let's use the word lessons. There are lessons to be learned from when they come to relay it. For the next ten occasions where it's going to happen. And so yeah, I'm perfectly happy to come here, be interesting. As various people have said yeah, if you're not on the dry line as it were, it's a little bit like the start of imola, isn't it? The people who are not starting on the racing line, it's going to be like starting on the wets. So some engineers are set to us. Well, they're just going to have to get on with it and manage it over the next 50 odd laps. Indeed, Carlos Sainz Jr. is saying that the drivers have asked the FIA to clean term one in particular ahead of the race. Because they're so concerned about the lack of grip offline, the FIA says we do that after every session. It's not going to be no special attention paid because that is just in what they've got to do. You see it. If you've ever been to Silverstone you'd have seen those sort of quad bikes towing carpets sort of what looked like carpets behind them to clean up the surface and then all the stuff they gather does get collected and taken away. But anyway, let's end codders on a couple of race predictions. What do you think might happen tomorrow? I think if the Ferraris can get away first, which they should do, certainly Charles likely to make the better start, Carlos. Maybe less so if he's on the wet line as it were. So they really do have to guard against max getting a better start than Carlos. If both the Ferraris can get away quickly, they can spoil Red Bulls race. If not, it'll be a bit tricky. And then we are likely to see a little bit of a procession, aren't we?.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

07:07 min | 3 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"So I think there's going to be more to come from Mercedes even Christian Horner set off the race that I'm sure they'll get to the bottom of it and they will become a force again. But yeah, just crazy to see how things have changed. Rather than just going back to the front, you can become a force, but you're playing catch up. So you can't just become as fast as Ferrari or Red Bull. You've got to become exactly as fast as and more. Plus a percentage. I said that if we're a second behind, we need to find a second and a half, because that's going to put us in front enough to be able to rack up points to get back in the side to fight. So it's a big, big mountain from Mercedes climbing this season. I always feel like we don't often give enough time to drivers that have had a great day. But Yuki tsunoda coming in 7th AlphaTauri AKP Pierre gasly whilst back in 12th in that kind of DRS train behind the Williams of Alex Albon actually and Lewis Hamilton behind him just couldn't get past, but otherwise Vettel and stroll in 8th and tenth bring it in those Aston Martins like we kind of came away from Australia. And my impression was, wow, Aston just got so much work to do. And then we come here, track to track different characteristics, and they're going to do a double points finish. Anyone want to take on any thoughts on any of those drivers first, before I pick on someone Luke obviously. I actually made a flip and comment to Alex in the airport queue while we were leaving Melbourne saying, what if Aston Martin don't score any points this year? What if they finish behind Williams? And that was probably a bit like, oh, it's just said a bit of apocalyptic. It's just like, oh, imagine this extreme scenario. And then this weekend, I think, yeah, better the vessel did very, very well to get as high up as he did through qualifying and through the spread and stroll today, yeah, he was, he was in good shape and stroll after the race. He said, let's not say, look, we fixed everything and we've got a car that's going to be solidly fighting for points now. But we're going to take advantage and seize the moment when we can. And that's exactly what Aston did today. And yeah, I mean, what, 5 points on the board? That's a very tidy haul. And I think it's similar to similar to Williams in a way. It's kind of thing where it's like, we know those aren't or merit, but if we get the opportunity, we're absolutely going to take advantage of that. So yeah, very, very well deserved and very well earned today. Yeah, so our backtrack on saying not America entirely was today. But yeah, I think they can be really pleased with that. And while I mentioned Williams there, Alex Albon, brilliant again in 11th place, and he said, to him, that performance was just as good as what he did in Melbourne when he got a point for P ten and he said, yeah, I'm really happy with that. And I'm just so good to see him performing at the peak of his powers again. Disappointed that he couldn't pick up a point today, Lance stroll was in tenth. Kevin Magnussen 9th, the last of the drivers on the lead lap and Mick Schumacher's 17th, so again, a bit of a big, same as McLaren, a big difference between the driver that scored pretty well on the driver that didn't. And we know Mick is a quick driver. But Kevin Magnussen, Alex, look, I know it's a bit of a cliche to say, oh, you know, they went backwards through the race, but it did feel like he was getting a fair amount of overtakes done on him in the first half of the race, really. He did kind of go backwards a bit, but will he feel disappointed with 9th today, but K max having an incredible start to the season. It's so good to see you. It's interesting. I think it sort of the cost of regressed a little bit to its natural level. I think it was of artificially inflated by the nature of how qualifying ended up, obviously he was one of the drivers to benefit from causing a red flag or one of the drivers to cause red flag that ended up benefiting from one. Also, I do think qualifying going back to Friday night had a real impact on the weekend for so many drivers and so many teams. I don't think Mercedes necessarily had both cars knocked out in Q three if there wasn't a red flag. Sorry, both cars knocked out in Q two if there wasn't a red flag there because they were all the gaps everyone from knife down to 15th were within a couple of attempts. It was all incredibly close. And you just don't know if I'm probably thinking more about George Russell would have been able to get ahead. And that would have made things very, very different. Made things harder for Vettel and Aston Martin. They did incredibly well. A bit like in Australia. Australia, a bit of an outlier track. I think Ferrari was as good as it looked there. I don't think astin was as bad in reality as it looks there. It's the same with Magnuson, right? So yeah, so he's sort of ends up higher than he should have been because problems for others. And then it just sort of regressed naturally. And the car is very, very good. They've made massive steps as leek said, helped by the fact that the Ferrari engine is no longer really down on power. Again, it's one of those things. He looked like a bit of a sitting duck, it was a weird tactic to go on the mediums in the sprint race. That didn't make a lot of sense. I think they expected higher degradation than the one that ended up being. But yeah, he will be this might be because he's a racing driver because that's just what they like. They don't think in terms of, oh, I'm just so happy you're lucky to be here. They always want to win. He shouldn't be disappointed. I think 9th place is still a decent result for us. We move on and I just finish off below the top ten for completeness Alex Albon 11th in the Williams Pierre gasly 12 Hamilton 13th. Esteban ocon for some stories as we head down the grid, yes, a bit of an unsafe relief release for ocon into Hamilton's path in a pretty tight sort of old fashioned pit line, a bit of contact. They got away with that. Joe 15th in the Alfa Romeo Nicholas Latifi 16th mixed Schumacher at 17th Daniel Ricciardo 18th in the McLaren two DNS Fernando Alonso damage at the beginning. The race and Carlos Sainz as we have mentioned. Now we move on. In two weeks time. And we're heading to Miami. Man, this is exciting. We have hired the worst Airbnb that money can buy. And you guys are all heading over there. Are you going to be staying in the same place? Alex, you're back on your back on the road. Are you looking forward to mainly because we're going to Formula One race, but also really interestingly, we've been invited to a special media event or a special sort of sponsor event by Mercedes Benz because Lewis Hamilton and Tom Brady are playing golf together. Now I have absolutely no time for golf. But two of the greatest sportspeople in the world being together, I think that's very, very cool, so yeah, looking forward to that, as well as seeing what Miami has in offer. And what else are you looking forward to, Alex? Wishing you a happy birthday? There we go. Yeah, there we go. Thank you. We're going to catch some we're going to have some baseball out there. That's the other thing I've thought you were referencing. Yeah, we got I'm going to have 29 hour 27th birthday on May 3rd. So I'm boxing this as birthday beers baseball Brady and some Formula One. Nice. Brilliant. I like it. NFL's mommy dolphins are making way at the hard rock stadium for some Formula One Jess. Are you looking forward to just something new and a different track layout and like literally everything is unknown I know that tracks they'll be doing modeling and simulators and all that which they always do going to.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

Box of Neutrals

05:19 min | 4 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Box of Neutrals

"My distant point until next year's one. So it's an odd rice. That's for sure. Because it's certainly the prestige of it is quite frankly what props up. If you called it the, I don't know. If it was called the slab Grand Prix, what's a tan not currently on the territorial dispute? If it wasn't Monaco, it wouldn't be there. Well, I think because you're right. The race is routinely disappointing because it's very hard to pass. Yes. Sometimes there's like some interesting something interesting tends to happen, but it's never really an on track maneuver. That's why some mistakes somewhere with it. That's fine. And then the monegasque TV director just cuts the lobster roll. That's one thing that needs to be changed. Yes. But I don't personally have a problem with having a weekend with Saturdays, the focus point. Maybe if only we could have the race before qualifying something. Qualifying on Sunday. Or whatever. Because qualifying is always great there. It's always interesting because there's no more, there's no greater spectacle than seeing the car. Added to limit around that track. Yeah. But then on Sunday, they're not at the limit. There's no passing. It goes for 90 minutes. It's not very exciting. But for some races don't even climax on Sunday, let's be honest. We don't even mean Spain a couple of weeks, although that was good last year. It could well be bad, like usual. But we accept that. Okay, keeps almost dropping off the counter. We do accept it. Why can't we accept that this weekend? The Monaco weekend I should say. Is about qualifying. And then Sundays like a bonus. It's something you're watching the background when you have Sunday roast, if you're in the UK. This is very genius way of selling the Monaco Grand Prix. It's not a Grand Prix of time attack. Quite frankly. Saturday is the day. And everything else is just a bit of a, it's just background noise. You know what? If that's the way that you sell it, if that's how I approach it. I don't really, really care on the way if it's boring or I don't know, because I know it will be. And then there's something interesting that has happened, then it's like, well, that's great. So I wasn't expecting that. Thank you for gifting me excitement. Yes, I agree. So I think it would be a shame as well. And there are a couple of drivers who have said this, but some of the really long-standing races. They are the threat of history in Formula One. And Monica is one of them. It has changed over time, but not a lot. Certainly not so much that you can't recognize it. For example. Yes, and it would be annoying. Considering the Formula One is sorry, I stepped out of my colleague start adamant that if one must be in Saudi Arabia, for example. To then be like, well, but we don't have to be in Monaco. We all know the reason why, but it's just to be annoying. Let's move on though. Let's talk about Alpine and Oscar piastre, old mad Oscar piastre Aussie pride Oscar piastre. Still without a seat, but Alpine CO Laurent Rossi has suggested quite strongly that on the radar is sending him somewhere else because you may well have seen during the straining Grand Prix weekend Fernando Alonso saying he wants to be around for two to three more years. Yes. Which would of course mean there are no seats at Alpine. Yep. So, I mean, it's good in the sense that we're moving towards a situation where he'll probably be on the grid. Yeah. Which I don't hate, but I feel like, I don't know, I feel like it could be a case of he's got to be at the right team. I mean, look, it hasn't hurt George Russell to do a PowerPoint presentation and go to Williams for all these years. I mean, the talent will always shine through. So yeah, I'm not sure. Well, that said, he hasn't said whether he just palm or Fernando Alonso or Esteban ocon off to another team. True. It's equally possible. They're all contracted drivers are they. I think they're realistic possibilities. You've got to be Aston Martin, with Sebastian Vettel, almost certainly. I mean, I can't see him continuing. Why would you? Or Williams, where Nicholas Latifi is being comprehensively shown up. My name is only three races in so I can change, but he's really being shown up by Alex Albon. I think Alban would probably be the next year because I can't say Red Bull moving around too much in the top two teams, which of those two would be better. Yeah, well, look, quite frankly, I think that Aston Martin and Williams, I think they need somebody up with someone because I feel like the Aston Martin relationship is logical with the Mercedes Benz because obviously their road car manufacturer does build those engines so for them to suddenly go to Renault power units or Alpine or whatever it is. It's unusual but I wouldn't discount it either for various technical there's no reason why it has to be called a estimate and Reno, for example. True. Well it's funny. Almost as funny as the BMW Sabbath Ferrari quarter of 2010. But nonetheless, if they need to have a partnership or an alliance with another squad then maybe that's mutually beneficial for both parties as well, but likewise for Williams. Of which I feel like it would be, I don't know, because they've kind of, that'll be what the third crack at the Renault. Relationship really, and the second one wasn't. It wasn't quite frankly with anyone who was never going to be spectacular anyway. So I don't know, maybe the time is right for both of them to buddy up again and clearly obviously Williams and via the group.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

05:30 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"From motor sport, a podcast that explores the major moments in the careers of key Formula One figures, and how they met different forks in the road that led them to where they are today. I'm Chris medlin, and today I'm joined by new Mercedes driver George Russell, to discuss the options that were presented to him as a junior, the contract offer that had Mercedes saying he would never drive for them and the crucial races that led to a seat with Williams and ultimately promotion to a world championship winning team. Even if progress looks easy from the outside, it's never quite as simple as it seems. George thanks so much for joining us at the end of what's been a crazy season. And one when you're about to step up to Mercedes, but we're going to look at the path that has taken you there. And the crucial performances, moments, people that have played a key part in that happening. And the first question really is in an earlier one of these podcasts in this series, Alex Albon says he basically was the talent scout that picked you out for the Intrepid driver program. That he was yeah. So is that true? That is a memory that has passed by on me, but I do recall, so Intrepid driver program was a team manufacturer in go kart in that in between 2010 and 2013 they were the team to be with. And they would do these days an assessment of a load of drivers Alex was their driver at retirement I arrived and you do a bit of an assessment and how do you fair against world champion at the time, Alex album? So maybe he made my career. It's all talk about me helping him give a Williams drive, maybe it all started vice versa. Yeah, you've just repaid the favor. Absolutely. Absolutely. But yeah, he did say that you were tough to shake off so you were a year below him, I think. Yeah, I've been I think actually two years below Alex Alex is two years older than me. He was definitely always at least being one year ahead of me. So until it was our formula three days, we never really raced each other because he was always in the junior category when I was in the mini category. He was in the senior category when I was in the junior category. So I think that's why we were quite good friends as well growing up because we never had that rival rivalry because we were never competing in the same category. Did you have rivalries with other drivers though? Was the only one that would stand out when you first started in karting or even in cards that you like I've got to beat that guy to really impress? I'd say my biggest rivalry go kartin was a guy called Ben who sort of came through the ranks with me and he was my rival from my very first championships I was racing. It was called WTP, which I believe stood for watching the pennies. Which is quite funny. And then into coma cadet and then through to KF three, there was always this bit of a rivalry. And we had quite a few incidents along the way. And then we ended up being teammates in formula three and became good friends. So it's, again, it was interesting how these things turn around and he's actually been doing a lot of simulator work for Mercedes. I'm not even sure I'm allowed to say that, but I'm sure it's fine. We'll find out afterwards that he really, really great guy. And a really great driver. I'm sorry, total ringing. So the deal is off. Now, you mentioned KF three there actually won the European Championship in 2012. And then look like 2013 was a bit of a tougher year kind of what happened there because for a lot of drivers it seems to be largely like momentum builds early on and if you get a stumble for some they don't go much further. So what happened to you? That was a tough year. So I had a couple of different options when I moved up from a junior category into the senior one. So I won the European Championship in KF three in 2011 and 2012. And then in 2013, when I moved to a senior category, it wasn't too sure which route to take in terms of which team to join and I had an offer from a factory team to have a factory drive with Bill motor sport. So it was a manufacturer. And just going through a really tough period at the time, they were the team to be within the Czech categories, the gearbox category. But my KF category, they only had three carts on the grid out of 80 or 90 however many were all of these events and just really struggled. So that was a real learning year for me. And that was probably two seasons I looked back on in my career. 2013 and 2015, which I think really molded me as a driver to learn to deal with not winning and to learn to deal with disappointment. Because up until that moment, I'd had a pretty without trying to sound an hour, we're going to have a pretty flawless junior career. One in everything I raced 2013 was the first year that I didn't win anything. And that was quite a shock to the system. But I guess it taught me to be more resilient and taught me to work hard and look at things from a different angle in a.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

05:10 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"You got the best and you got to perform because you're up against also the best drivers, I think it was Charles myself, Nick diaries and everybody for kazumi. And it was kind of like this I wouldn't say it wasn't like a golden team. But it was mostly at that time, some of the big names standouts going into GP three. And we're in the best car. And for me, that was the pressure was not so much. I wasn't so worried about changing category or anything like that. It was the feeling that now I'm now I'm in the best team and Charles the year before had an incredible year in full mystery. So we need to see how we compare and I remember the first test in Abu Dhabi. It was like the December test. Everyone does. And it was like, well, these cars are very different to us. And as she struggled a little bit because the pirellis are just so different to anything still to this day there are just so different to everything you ever drive. And I was like, well, okay, this is going to take a bit of a shock. But it did my career so many favors because before then I was no one. No one really knew who I was. The only people who knew me were the people from causing had to say an OG satisfaction yeah, I was maybe respected from that kind of side to it. But in terms of Formula One side, no one really knew about me. So it was great to be able to suddenly be this dark horse people would say and be fighting with Charles to the championship. We fought to the last race, which I was leading the race and had a crash with Jack aitken. Which could have turned out differently. But you never know them things happen. But it was a great way. It couldn't have been a better year for me career wise. And it put me the first time I would sell it in the spotlight of that Formula One opportunity side. So do you think then that crash with Jack? If you won the title, do you think chances would have come your way quicker if you'd been champion in GT3 in the show? Not really, because I was still not affiliated with the Formula One team. So maybe I would have been in that respect, but I don't think it would have changed my career path. It was always going to do F two. And then obviously when I say this during this time, I was getting funding from Thailand and stuff like that. So the performances were coming. And as I said, when the performance has come, the money comes as well. And going into F two, it was kind of like this. Yeah, was it an opportunity? It was a great chance to really go to ART. So it didn't really change in their respects. For me it was more like, okay, now we've got this F two chance. Again, more confidence feeling like Charles is back then Charles was kind of this had a feeling he was going to go into F one. He was already doing Fridays in an F one car in the GP three, which if you think about it now, it's just crazy. So to be able to be considered just around his level, it was kind of us to actually fighting for the championship. It was pretty special. And so yeah, it was a new start because of down force. And it started off like a good season. It was in bam. He was with prema. I was in arguably just as good of a team. And it honestly started off well, we were always up there always up at the front. And it turned out to be a really tricky year. I actually got a worse. It was one of them weird years where just nothing really gelled right. So what happened was I was having my year doing my thing. I was actually really happy with my first three races. I think qualified second in my first time in Monaco had some really good opportunities to win races just safety cars and yellow flags and red flags and qualifying. It was all it felt like it was going against me. But I knew that the pace was strong. So I was never really worried. But then I went mountain biking with George and broke my collarbone. Let me ask at this point. Is it correct that George forgot his bike and you gave him your bike and you took an old rubbish bike? Yeah. Just so he could have a nice one. I would say George isn't the best cyclist in the world. So that's the guy that broke his colleagues. Exactly. I would say I saw more than George. And at that point, we were showing the same trainer. We're practically living together. You lived about two minutes from my house, but he would eat more food at my house at my own house. He was always coming around. He would always have lunch and dinner together. He was kind of part of the family. And we were and there was also a new way for kazumi. So we were like a trier. We were all just hanging around doing everything together. And yeah, we were going to the forest around my house for cycle..

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

05:47 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"And also it gave me realization that what it feels like to be on the edge of not racing. Which as a kid is heartbreaking because obviously it's one thing you only think about doing. But there's a few times where obviously it came back to me. This is the same situation. And we just kept going and going and going. So yeah, it was one of the biggest things. And especially personally in my career, they say, outside of racing, it was a very tough year for me. So I definitely grew stronger. And I grew hungry for what I did. I really feel like I wasn't fed a golden silver spoon. Is that the same? I wasn't fed a silver spoon when I was a kid. But I did have it easy. And I think partly that's why I was successful because everything nothing really affected me. It was always like, I'm just going to racism. I'm having a laugh, and it was all fine. Once things started to get on the line, it does take a toll and it is a different way of racing. And when you think about F one, it is kind of like that. You really are on the line on what you're doing. So yeah, it did help. Well, from there, like you say, 2014 onwards is when it really started to click. Did it feel like 14 was the year it had to click, I guess, singing is 13, I've been tough as well. It did. But at that point, I decided to get comfortable. I was with a team called, who are great team. Kind of a small Belgian team. And we were kind of just doing our own thing. And I just got that confidence back. Straight back from talking about that car seeing feeling. So I started to feel in control and the results just came. And it was an easy and easy flowing year and yeah it was kind of 2014 was great. It was a year where I started to feel like I was back to back to form. And yeah, it was just I wouldn't say there was nothing that stood out, nothing that I thought, you know, this is really special. But more than anything, it felt like I knew how to drive a single seater, which was something that took, as I said, a wealth to get that feeling all the way back from casting to cars. The 2015 feel special in F three is a rookie because I'm going to run through the standings finished up for people that maybe don't know that year. And it's easier to look back at now. But you've got Felix Rosenthal to win the title from Antonio Giovanni. So two names that went on and did run anyway. But then it was rookies. It was Charlotte forth, nonstop 5th. George was sick than you were 7th. Yeah. It was an insane year. It was honestly the most incredible, most fun racing in single cities I had at that point. And I still would say to that to this point because what you would do is you had 30 35 36 cars on the grid sometimes. It was absolute chaos. And you'd get exactly you get these drivers who were at the very top. You can see a lot of them went into F one. And then on the other side, there was obviously quite let's just say there's a big difference between had a few races in that season. And I didn't want to call anyone out. No, I was saying. I'll say the name. I won't put that pressure on you. Yeah. Exactly. And some of the proper racer, you would race in practice and qualify. It doesn't matter the situation. He was there racing. But it was amazing to be up against so many people. We were in a new team, which was actually an old team. It was a kind of like a revival of an existing racing team called signature. And we were still quite new to it. And it was tricky. But actually looking back at it, it was actually a really, really good year because you know those premier Carlin and venom is for which are still to this day, some of the top three junior teams going right now. And we were kind of this young new team. Everyone pretty much was new apart from the team manager. And there we were, we're getting podiums who are getting pole positions. And it was quite exciting. It's always one of those things where when you're in formula Renault, at least for me, it felt like I know I'm good here, but now I'm starting to once you make that step into F three. It's always like these guys some of these guys have done it for three years now. You're really going up against people you respect and that you know are really quick. And you kind of feel like, okay, this is, let's see where we are. Let's see how I compare against other people. And to me it was really happy with the year. It felt like it was always having good results. It never really had a bad weekend. And I really enjoyed the team really enjoyed my engineer. I actually took that engineer came with me to form the two. In 2018. So up again. But yes, there was a really good year. So you're curating to really speed up at that point because you then went GP three run up to an ART that looked very strong in F two with ART. Was that that move to ART? Was that crucial? That was crucial because it was no excuses. It was the time when you would go up in a team where you would know.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

05:48 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"You got selected and that's it. You kind of part of this process. Of course, there's the pressure of performing. But they're always is and they've always will be. Especially if you're depends on your situation. But if it's tricky, you have to work for your career and in that sense in the way that you need to find sponsorship and things like that. It's always going to feel like that. You're always going to be on the edge of performing and performing is really what gets you the money for the next year. So it's always there. For me, what I struggled with was the change from carts to cars. I think sun drivers adapt much quicker than others. For me, it was a bit slower. I didn't really do much almost zero testing before cars, which was a mistake. I think looking back at it now, you see it's looking at kids now. It's incredible. You've got guys testing for formula four when they're 12 years older than you've got. When they're doing F three, they're testing F two. And this whole chain of testing that they're doing. So when they look, by the time they're rookies, they're not really rookies. They've actually done more driving than drivers who've done a year of racing. The year before. So I was really unprepared and I would say that the team I was with, we were kind of a one man team. And themselves, they were going through budget issues. They were closing down. So the mechanics weren't getting paid. We had a couple of times where the mechanics one strike. It wouldn't change the car. There was things like that. It was all really messy. And even I remember at that time, even doctor marker, he was the team's terrible, so mechanics aren't working, then we're not going to pay you for the weekend. It's just like, it was like a double loophole. No, it's never going to work. But yeah, it wasn't that thing. And above all, more than anything, I think I just didn't have the confidence in the car. And I was going through a couple of personal setbacks. And it all just escalated in it. I lost a lot of confidence during that year just felt like you come into karting and you feel almost like. I was never the guy who thought, you know, I was invited. But I came in from cars with a lot of success and was probably expected much more than I actually achieved on my first year. And it was kind of one of those things where you're like, wow, okay. This is nowhere near as easy as I thought it would be. And it took a long time to get that confidence. And even my second year wasn't great, but it was really my third year in cars where it started to gel. So yeah, going back to that year in 2012, it was it wasn't easy, had a bad year. And I expected the phone call expected to call from to be dropped because it all was nowhere near where I should be. I remember it's so clearly that moment it was in a hotel room and when I got told the news of obviously I was really upset about it. But at the same time I knew it was a good chance of it to happen. And the first thing you have to think of when something like that happens is what you want to do, because back then at that point, I had zero funding. I had nothing going for me at that point. I was totally reliant on Red Bull. So moving into keep racing. It was going to have to be a decision and fortunately through just close family and friends. It was kind of that feeling like I'll give it another go see what we can do. And also through Gwen, who now is actually part of the Mercedes young driver program. He wasn't there at the time, but he was with company called gravity, which is now back then was lotus at an affiliation with the lotus team. This is when the group. Exactly. And started from there. And got enough funding just to get into a, again, I did form the Renault again. And it went from there. So like you say that was clearly a big turning point in your funding from Red Bull went and expectedly, but then to find the extra bits, was that did gravity help in that sense as well? Did it help to have people around you that said we can support this? Or did you told basically go and get a budget yourself? And if you perform, we'll support you. No, they were super supportive. They put the money up front for me. We spent the rest of the year trying to get that money back to them. So it was yeah, it was one of them things where it was. It was very tough. But great to feel that kind of support. And even then, you know, 2013 wasn't even that good of a year for me. It still was a tricky one. I had yeah I was getting there, but it was very tricky. And yeah, it was such a shock. Especially 2012, 2012 was by far the hardest year I've had as a racing driver looking back at it. You can look at everything you've done. But that was almost like a kind of you see these drivers, let's say, like max or Lois who come in and they've come in and they kind of explode and they do really well straight away. It wasn't quite like that for me. It was much more like a slow burner and then obviously once it clicked it clicked, but it did take a while to get there. Do you think then in that sense 2012 though was really important for you for the kind of mental strength that must have given you to bounce back from and to maybe know that it won't happen overnight? Massively..

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

03:04 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"Part of Red Bull when I'd like to say 2000 and 8. So even before when I was doing British racing. But it was more to do with the drinks. I don't know if you guys follow around a little bit. But you can either be sponsored by, let's say that the Red Bull Racing team, which is kind of doctor Marco and that side of it. Or you can just be sponsored by the local markets. So it could be Red Bull Thailand or Red Bull UK. There's different sides to it. Does that make you a Red Bull athlete if you're sponsored by the market? More or less a red vertically. But still, of course, well, fortunately, with my costs assess, I was still kind of attached to doctor marker in some respects. So he did give me the odd phone call. Maybe not a long intensive one, but just more of like a, oh, well done. That could be your impression. That's my top repression. I won't go full impression here. Probably safe. Yeah. And so that was it really. So I would say it didn't get properly serious until I left carts. When I made the step from 2011 to 2012, that was when I made the big change. And suddenly that was when you had to have the meetings at my first meeting back in Buckingham Kay 7 in glorious mountain keys with helmet and Christian my mom and my dad. So it's just there'll be like a personal meeting at that point. So I guess outlining how they see your future going and this is what we want to do. This is how we see it. I remember I remember the tables moving, we're in a round table. The table was moving around. And my mom thought I was rocking backwards in my chair like this, and she was like, she was like, tried to stop you from doing it. But it was actually doctor doing it. He was just swinging around. But yes, I remember that meeting. And yeah, it was one of those things I ended up originally was supposed to form a BMW. But I didn't want to. And I said, I want to do a formula Renault. Because of me, that was like the biggest step in something which the way that's where the competition was. But actually, lo and behold, it was a tough decision, and most probably not the right decision at the time, because it was a very tough year in 2012. Yeah. I was going to say making that step. Was it partly just because of stepping out of carts into single seaters? Was it the pressure of them being part of a driver program? Why do you think it was? I never felt the pressure of being part of a driver program. I felt like It happens. You got selected and that's it. You kind of part of this process. Of course, there's the pressure of performing. But they're always is and they've always will.

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"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

05:36 min | 7 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on Motor Sport Magazine Podcast

"Hello and welcome to my big break, the motor sport podcast that looks at the journey that the drivers and team bosses have been on to reach F one and how things could have taken a very different course. I'm Chris medlin and in this episode we've got a driver who just keeps knocking on the door to get into Formula One as Alex Albon joined me to discuss his fight through the junior ranks, being left without a budget, but with a pivotal F two drive and having to burn some bridges to make his dream come true. It's a pretty remarkable tale of resilience as he prepares for his second chance in Formula One with Williams in 2022. So Alex thanks very much for joining us on the podcast. It's great to have you here. And from your point of view, we're looking at something that's a little bit more fresh. Sometimes we talk about X drivers or drivers that are just about to retire, but a driver that's exactly been here for a little bit longer than some, but is about to start the next phase of the marathon career. You've had some ups and downs in that window already. I want to take you all the way back though to the Intrepid driver program. That's a throwback. Yeah. But because what is it, essentially? Is that a stepping stone into karting where they help people? Is it just a nice name and you had to find your own money? Did that open doors to racing for you? I would say it was a nice name. I'm trying to think now, but yes, so in shepherd was an Italian car team with a still runs to this day. And they kind of did have some kind of way into single seated. But by the time I joined that stuff, either used it for different drivers. And I think much of a fairly much other was the guy that they used, I think. And so at that point, I came a little bit later and I was being 13 or so 14. And it was one of the top teams to be with. It was not clearly the best one, but it was among the top three. And for some reason, it just so happened to have myself Charles George and then a few others who were very quick just ending up to be racing against each other's teammates. At that point, I guess you don't have any idea what's to come. You just think this is what everyone else is like. Exactly. You thought who's this long hair kid called Charles? Justin Bieber looking kid. And George, yeah, we were. Kind of the same age as Charles. Maybe a year older than both of them. Which put me in a different category to them. I was always really young when I was doing my karting stuff. So I was like in KF two when they were in KF three and KF one when they were KF two. So we were slightly offset by at the same time still grew up with each other and still, yes, I won't say we were super, super close at that stage, but obviously we just ended up spending so much time with each other once we got through from carts into form one. So you mentioned care for one there. Was it at the end of 2011 and the care one successful season you had that Red Bull then came knocking and put his partner program or was it later? Actually, before I even say about that, I have a good story about the interpreter driver program. I was in 20 from 2010 in the 2010. I was, I beat max to become this code the world champion, European world champion. And I was then I moved up category. So from KF three, I jumped straight to KF one. And before I jumped across, I was kind of the reference driver slash the one who they would ask, okay, who should we choose for next year? Because basically they had this huge amount of drivers wanting to be in the team for the next following year. And so I was kind of Charles George, was there Esteban ocon was there. And there was a few of them. And I was kind of like the reference driver and I would say listen these guys are quick, these guys maybe not so quick. And yeah, so George and Charles were there at that day. So essentially, we're looking for your big break, but everyone else is a big break is because of what you said at that time. They were always going to sign with probably but yes, maybe so, maybe so. Do you ever let them forget it? I think they've already forgotten it. I don't know if they remember. I've never actually brought it up to them. I remember George though, because I remember this young young kid. He grew with the same height now, but back then he was much shorter than I was. And yeah, I remember he because I think Charles joined later during the year, but George was already a quick one out of the guys I was like, everyone else I could kind of just pull away and drive away. But George was the one who I was like, this guy can keeping up. He's all right this guy, so yeah. So you would like the helmet Marco of the Intrepid driver program. Is that what we said? As a 14 year old kid, 13 year old kid, yes. Are you finding George up and being like, have a good weekend? Yeah. Exactly. But then well speaking of Red Bull. So then they hire you as a junior. What did the support and tail at that stage because they did feel like this is my big opportunity? Or is it a lot smaller.

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"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

The Autosport Podcast

07:53 min | 9 months ago

"alex albon" Discussed on The Autosport Podcast

"So they've got the expertise. They've got the know how to make it count. And if Red Bull drops the ball a little bit then there'll be that profit. Obviously, on paper, yeah, it should suit Red Bull, but Mercedes has done it all before. So we'll have to wait and see. It's exciting though, isn't it? It's very exciting. I mean, we are literally getting down to the wire with this. And max is still so cool and calm and collected about it or even though, you know, everyone else is sort of saying, you know, it's really the momentum is really getting behind you and it's just so level headed about it, which does make it even more exciting. I am intrigued to see how the next few races unfold, as you said, Mercedes have done this, it's not the first time. But it's getting close. It's getting very, very close, and it's exciting for us. Let's move further down the field though. To Pierre gasly, who finished an excellent fourth, sort of a lonely race for him. I feel like we have this conversation about Pierre a lot. So we're not going to dwell on it too much, but once again, just solid and consistent and really there's nothing negative really to say about him, is he? He's just doing what he needs to do, but, you know, as we know the future wise, which I know is a controversial topic, some people are like, you know, keep them in Alfa tauri. That's why he's doing well. But a lot of people are saying his performance and his consistency warrants a better seat. What did you make of his weekend Jess will come to you fast? Yeah, I mean, it's kind of bad that we're just kind of getting used to Pierre gasly putting in these amazing performances, but not really having too much to show for it other than obviously a great point hall for alpha Tori, his teammate DNF aside. But on his side of the garage, it's looking it's looking great. I mean, the pace that he had today was incredible. You know, the Ferraris were saying they just couldn't get anywhere close to him. They even had Ferrari having team orders to see if science could eke out more pace out of him, but he just couldn't get anywhere near, I think, just under 7 seconds was as close as they could get in those final stages to him. So yeah, lonely, but very solid drive. And again, I guess it's the age old problem with Formula One, there are only sets, only so many seats. And so many, I guess premier tier seats available. He's tried it once in Red Bull. He didn't get on with it. So whether or not it would be a good place for him to go back to, probably not. You would argue. So for me, I think I heard Jenson Button saying this on the commentary as well. For me, the only thing that he can do is stay where he is and hope that with the new regulations, Alfa tauri gets even more competitive and he can kind of think about winning races with them, but he needs to get himself to a manufacturer, I think. But again, not too many positions available to him there, either. So is the age old problem that there's not enough seats in Formula One? There are enough teams in Formula One. They're under manufacturers in Formula One. So unless something is Formula One, a lot of crazy things happen. We've seen surprise and shock moves from people, I guess, you know, Daniel Ricciardo moving to Renault was a massive shock, no one really expected that. Could we see Pierre gasly Alpine? I'm not sure if that's a great move for him, but yeah, just it almost kind of there's nothing else for us to say, really. We know how great a driver he is. But he's not got much else to think about or go to. So just kind of one of those slightly sad, but also great that we're seeing him put in these performances and show what great driver he is, but yeah, there's not really many places for him to go to be really up there and in those challenging positions. And whilst we are on our tarry, let's quickly touch on Yuki because pretty rough day for him, of course, out in the first corner. And yesterday he had that little dressing down from Red Bull, shall we say? What were your thoughts on that JBL? You mentioned it briefly at the start of the podcast. What were your thoughts on yesterday and how Red Bull handled it? And who was in the wrong as such? I think generally yesterday, sonoda looked really, really good. He looked really good in practice and he looked like he was on top of everything this weekend. And it sort of, the form we've seen in the last few rounds, obviously is being sort of not quite driver coach by Alex album, but Alex Albon is providing support for him in that side of the garage. And he looks much better for it. It looks like he's sort of come out the other side of the difficulty she had earlier in the year and he just needs to sort of have an opportunity to build on that. And today could have been that, you know, he didn't have engine penalties and that kind of thing. And I think in qualifying yesterday in Q three, alpha towery has contended the cenote was aware of the situation. He had the Perez and for staff and behind him. And because he was got through to Q three because they felt that gasoline might need a toe. He was sort of done his bit and was just sort of trying to get off the track and I think Perez saw him ahead. Maybe sort of got a little bit distracted and had a little bit of a brain fade if you like and sort of followed him into that runoff area. And I don't think so notice to blame for that. I really don't. Whatever your sort of opinion on whether it should have been in Q three or not. I'll tell you how to express purpose for him being there. They got him through. He'd got through on merit. He was very, very quick. And he'd done his bit to help gasly out. And he couldn't really disappear off the track. So yeah, I think Red Bull has been very, very unfair on him. We know that Yuki is he's still in his first year he's made mistakes. He's learning, that's kind of what you do as a rookie. You should get a free pass and you first year to, you know, start the season off making a few mistakes. So you know where the limits are. But I think that sort of unfairly got him a reputation and it was very easy for rebel to kind of pin the tail on that particular donkey. And yeah, it was just unfortunate positioning at the time, I think. And then that first corner, it was just a mess. Because what it was him archon and Schumacher kind of three wide in that corner. Him and Schumacher kind of pins it on, or can't go out of it absolutely fine and I don't entirely know how. But Snyder and Schumacher were left by the wayside and that was it for them. And as I said, senator needs a weekend where he can take that form and build on it and get another really good result and he just didn't have that opportunity today because circumstances conspire against him. Jess, what did you make of the Red Bull cenote situation yesterday? We saw the Mercedes admin getting involved and, you know, sending him a motivational message on Twitter. But do you agree with JBL that he was not a fault there and, you know, Red Bull maybe shouldn't have been quite so firm in there was after. Yeah, absolutely..

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