With the arrival of the brand new technical laws for 2022, all of the groups targeted the vast majority of their assets on the event of their subsequent single-seater final 12 months. All? It appears not. Alexander Albon, who performed a vital function on the Pink Bull Racing workforce’s simulator, has revealed that the latter have turned away from their 2022 automobile considerably because the race for the world title intensifies.
“This 12 months, I spent 50% of the time on the 2021 automobile and 50% on subsequent 12 months’s automobile”, detailed Albon in an interview with Motorsport.com after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “However because the championship bought nearer, we stopped specializing in subsequent 12 months’s automobile and targeted extra on this 12 months’s automobile. Particularly for these final two races in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi, we agreed a bit extra effort than traditional, and it labored out nicely.” Maybe rightly certainly, since Max Verstappen was topped… however with what penalties this 12 months?
“AT In some respects, you must take into consideration the championship within the quick time period”, Albon insists. “In case you have the automobile to win the championship at first of the season, you must put all of your eggs in a single basket. That stated, truthfully, we spent a number of time on subsequent 12 months’s automobile as nicely. It isn’t that we gave up all the things to give attention to the previous 12 months, we had been sensible, and traditionally Pink Bull has all the time been in a position to adapt to laws with Adrian [Newey] and aero engineers. They’ve all the time been sensible that manner, so I do not assume they’re going to be in a foul place subsequent 12 months.”
As for the eminently controversial end result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the place an incorrect race route process allowed Max Verstappen to grab the title from Lewis Hamilton on the final lap, Alexander Albon prefers to think about this occasion as a good return after different unfavorable incidents to his colleague earlier within the 12 months, just like the conflict with Hamilton in England and the pileup that occurred at first on the Hungaroring.
“It is delicate”, says the Anglo-Thai, who will return to the grid this 12 months with Williams. “I clearly see each side of the story. I believe on my facet, aside from the restart choice… I am a little bit of a believer, and there is a feeling that some choices weren’t in Max’s favour. After I take a look at Silverstone, Hungary, Jeddah and even the primary spherical right here in Abu Dhabi, I believe the choices had been in opposition to him.”
“In fact we had been extremely fortunate in that final lap, however on the identical time I believe the workforce deserved it. We bought the karma we deserved, in that regard. I do not need to disrespect Lewis, as a result of I believe he did a superb job, and naturally they need to really feel unhealthy at Mercedes, however I believe all issues thought of it ended nicely.”
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