After securing a solid sixth place in the wet Q1 round, Albon led Q2, initially as the sole driver to opt for slick tyres on the drying circuit.
Despite later rain and a subsequent mass tyre switch, Albon logged a time no other driver could match. Although he only managed a 10th place in a chaotic Q3, Albon views the Q2 achievement as a significant milestone worth celebrating.
“It’s a promising indicator,” Albon reflected on his performance. “Primarily, it’s where we aspire to be. In many ways, I’m thrilled, as it demonstrates to our entire team that this is the goal for the coming years.
“Even though favourable conditions played a part, it’s encouraging to get there, and it shows me our desired destination. It fuels my motivation. Securing a car capable of being P1 signifies that we are starting to progress, which is our motivation for this year and beyond. We aim to secure more P1s.”
Albon was astounded to notice no other vehicles using slicks at the onset of Q1.
“We started off strong,” he recalled. “Having finished Q1 in P6, we were confident. We didn’t necessarily need to take the risk in Q2, but it felt like the appropriate strategy.
“We knew the conditions warranted slick tyres, so we made the call. It was surprising to see everyone else opting for intermediates, causing some second thoughts.
“In the end, it was quite a thrill to come out on top.”
While he acknowledged that he wasn’t able to maintain his momentum into Q3 due to a red flag resulting from an Oscar Piastri crash and subsequent rainfall, Albon still views the overall weekend as a success.
“Overall, it’s been a good weekend,” he concluded.
On the technical front, Williams has incorporated significant upgrades to Albon’s car in Canada, contributing to their positive progress.
“This development proves that our collective effort is paying off. We anticipated this track to be more favorable than Barcelona, but with the car’s upgrades, it’s honestly challenging to make a direct comparison due to the significant differences between the circuits.
“Despite the challenges, judging by the lap times, we’re evidently competitive. I’m pleased. I believe we’ve made considerable progress. Whether this will translate into success at Silverstone or Austria remains to be seen, but we’re definitely on the right track here.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Albon’s Performance
How did Alex Albon perform in the Canadian GP Q2?
Alex Albon excelled in the Canadian GP Q2 by logging a time that no other driver could match. He was initially the only driver to opt for slick tyres on the drying track.
Where did Alex Albon finish in the Q1 and Q3 sessions?
Albon secured a solid sixth place in the wet Q1 session and finished in 10th place in a chaotic Q3.
What was Alex Albon’s reaction to his performance in the Canadian GP?
Albon considered the Q2 achievement as a significant milestone worth celebrating. He was thrilled and saw it as a promising indicator of Williams F1’s progress and an inspiration for the team’s future goals.
Did Williams F1 implement any upgrades to Albon’s car for the Canadian GP?
Yes, significant upgrades were made to Albon’s car for the Canadian GP, contributing to their positive progress.
Was Alex Albon able to maintain his momentum into the Q3 round?
No, due to a red flag caused by an Oscar Piastri crash and subsequent rainfall, Albon wasn’t able to carry through his good form into Q3. Despite this, he viewed the overall weekend as a success.