Albon will full his first season in a non-single-seater championship this 12 months, sharing an AF Corse-run Ferrari GT3 automotive with Envision Virgin Method E driver Nick Cassidy within the revamped DTM.
The Anglo-Thai driver is aiming to remain race match by contesting a partial marketing campaign within the German class, whereas he continues to work behind-the-scenes with Purple Bull as its reserve and simulator driver in a bid to earn an F1 return in 2022.
A newcomer to GT racing, Albon set the third quickest time within the pre-season Lausitzring take a look at, ending up lower than two tenths behind the pacesetting Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz.
The 25-year-old admits he would not have as a lot expertise with GT3 equipment as among the different drivers within the collection, however is happy with how he tailored to the Ferrari throughout testing.
“We have carried out a good quantity [of testing],” Albon informed Autosport.
“I do not assume it is a lot in comparison with our rivals. I feel I’ve had 5 and a half days within the automotive to this point.
“Clearly there are loads of GT drivers and DTM drivers who’ve been doing it for some time now. So we’re a bit of bit behind by way of expertise however I really feel like I’ve picked up the automotive fairly shortly and I am getting on top of things with it.
“Clearly nonetheless the approach is totally different to Method 1. If you consider Method 1 as a driving type, purely the way you drive these [GT3] automobiles it is fully totally different.
Alex Albon, AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Picture by: DTM
“The quantity of downforce an F1 automotive has in comparison with a DTM automotive, it is much more hustling the DTM automotive round.
“[But] we have been on tempo fairly shortly in testing at the least and it seems fairly good to this point.”
Regardless of Ferrari’s rivalry with Purple Bull in F1, the Italian marque’s GT division will lend technical help to the AF Corse-run operation within the DTM.
Albon says he was impressed by the professionalism and know-how he witnessed in a GT3 group after spending the final two years in F1, together with one-and-half seasons with four-time champions Purple Bull Racing.
“[Ferrari] are at each race, each take a look at that we do, and these guys are the folks which are concerned within the Le Mans [programme and] different GT championships, so it is nice to have that shared expertise that they bring about,” he mentioned.
“They go to virtually each race weekend with the Ferrari groups. So there’s loads of expertise there, loads of brainpower as nicely behind the scenes.
“It’s fairly spectacular truly to see their involvement inside, and seeing how a lot know-how by way of an understanding there may be within the GT automobiles.
“I used to be fairly stunned with the extent of professionalism but additionally the quantity of simply information they’ve in these automobiles it’s fairly spectacular.”