Williams’ performance in the recent F1 round in Spain has highlighted their struggles, according to Alex Albon. The team has only managed to score a single point this season, a far cry from the three points they had achieved by this point last year. While the “supertimes” metric shows some improvement, with Williams closing the gap to Red Bull by 0.74 seconds on average, their overall standings have dropped significantly.
During the first four races of the season, Williams consistently ranked between seventh and eighth in terms of speed. However, in the Barcelona race, they hit rock bottom. Albon believes that this drop in performance is due to the transition from street circuits, where Williams performed relatively better, to a more traditional racing venue like Barcelona. The lack of downforce in their car, the Williams FW45, has become apparent in such settings.
Despite a promising start to the season, Albon admits that Williams has been exposed as the slowest team in Formula 1. He remains satisfied with his own performance and believes the team has done a good job given their current situation. However, he acknowledges that upgrades are needed to enhance their performance and allow them to compete more effectively in the midfield.
Albon credits his success on street circuits to the confidence he gains from racing on unique tracks with distinct characteristics. In contrast, the Barcelona circuit, where every team has completed countless laps, makes it challenging to break the trend and outperform their rivals. Albon acknowledges the difficulty of the track and the fact that most teams have optimized their cars specifically for it. He emphasizes the need for upgrades and, in the meantime, aims to maximize the potential of the current car.