Alex Albon needed a good race today, and a good race he had! A superb maiden podium for the Anglo-Thai driver would’ve provided the confidence boost he has so desperately craved after a difficult season.
It wasn’t the easiest of races for Albon who struggled with the standing restarts, but a sublime charge to the finish and a brave and perfectly judged overtake on a speedy Daniel Ricciardo earned the Anglo-Thai his moment on the rostrum.
Alexander Albon has received a lot of criticism over the past year. But with his first podium in Tuscany, the British Thai has shown enough, according to Ross Brawn, to keep his seat for next year.
After every race in which Alexander Albon achieved a disappointing performance compared to teammate Max Verstappen, a number of names came along that would make a good replacement for the British Thai – including Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.
According to Ross Brawn, the Italian Grand Prix didn’t help. “Albon has received a lot of criticism this season and he must have found it difficult to see Pierre Gasly – the driver he replaced – take his first win when he wasn’t able to score any points himself,” said Liberty Media’s top man in his Formula1.com column.
“But on Mugello he drove beautifully and he certainly had to work for that. Some of his overtaking actions were phenomenal, especially his action on Daniel Ricciardo for third place”, Brawn continues.
According to the F1 managing director, Albon doesn’t have an easy job. “In Max Verstappen, Albon has a stellar teammate and it will always be a challenge for him, and anyone else in that seat. But I think he has done enough to maintain his position and his first podium will have done a lot for his confidence,” concluded Brawn.
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Russia ||27 Sep|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|