After being dropped by Pink Bull, Albon spent final season racing within the DTM whereas additionally engaged on the Milton Keynes staff’s 2021 and 2022 F1 vehicles in its simulator.
He says the chance to take a step again whereas additionally aiding Max Verstappen’s profitable title marketing campaign has given him a “international view” of what it takes to succeed and places him in a stronger place as he returns to the grid.
On Tuesday, Albon had his first style of the brand new Williams FW44 in a shakedown run at a moist Silverstone.
“I really feel like having that 12 months out, I’ve had a bit extra of a world view of what it takes to be to be a high tier driver, within the sense that I had the complete image of it,” he mentioned.
“Generally once you’re within the race weekend, once you’re flat out, form of in that zone, you solely see the racetrack, and that is form of your 12 months.
“Final 12 months, it was a really totally different position for me, it was lots about growing the automobile, about seeing how the staff operates, in fulfilling my improvement position as greatest as I might.
“And I really feel like there’s lots of expertise there, studying the methods by which an F1 staff operates.
“I positively can use that and convey that to Williams. And on the similar time there’s issues which I’ve spent throughout final 12 months reflecting and considering, how can I do a greater job?
“And that is not only one factor. That is lots of little issues, which clearly, I am engaged on for this 12 months. I nonetheless must drive the automobile to work on them.”
Alex Albon, Williams FW44
Photograph by: Williams
Albon labored on the 2022 RB18 undertaking even after he signed for Williams. Nonetheless, whereas he skilled the brand new automobile within the simulator, he says he had no information of what it’d really appear like that would have benefitted his new staff.
“I do know, roughly what the automobile seems like,” he mentioned.
“But it surely’s onerous at all times to check, as a result of the simulators themselves are totally different, the best way that they function, the best way that they really feel by way of movement is so totally different.
“You possibly can clearly get a sense for issues. However to actually act on them, it takes a little bit of time, it takes a little bit of expertise.
“In fact, I will use every little thing that I do know. On the similar time, and I am not an aerodynamicist, I do not know what the rear wing appears like on the RB18 or something like that. I simply know the sensation of it.
“The simulator is kind of easy. You’ve got bought two wheels on the entrance of it, and also you’re within a monocoque. So yeah, it’s onerous in that sense.
“However I believe what I’ll convey to Williams is simply the best way that they work and the best way that they go about their enterprise, greater than the rest.
“And naturally, on high of that vehicles have traits they carry even when the foundations change as a lot as they do from final 12 months to this 12 months.
Pink Bull launched a present automobile earlier this month, electing to maintain its energy dry till the primary check
Photograph by: Pink Bull Content material Pool
“They at all times are inclined to maintain their slight subtleties throughout the vehicles, it is fairly a traditional factor to occur.
“I believe I’ve an excellent feeling of why the Pink Bull automobile was quick, and I understand how they exploited their lap day out of the automobile.
“And I do know on the similar time why the Williams was fast in some locations, and I can see how these items type themselves out.
“It is simply form of that steadiness of making an attempt to make use of that information that I do need to attempt to make us extra aggressive.”