Albon: Practice off dented my confidence a little

Marina Bay, Singapore

Singapore Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon says his minor FP2 shunt dented his confidence a little after damaging his car.

Alex Albon says his practice crash during the second practice session at Marina Bay in Singapore dented his confidence a little at an early stage of the weekend.

Early in the FP2 session, the Red Bull driver locked up under braking and skidded straight on into the barriers. His front wing was destroyed but Albon was able to reverse out and get going again.

From there, Albon recovered his composure and, using the Soft tyres, proceeded to do a 1:39.943 and finish P5 at the end of the session. This was a second off the pace set by Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull; the Dutch driver placing P2 and less than two tenths from top spot.

“This was not the easiest day.” Albon said afterwards. “The tyres were a little difficult, especially on the long runs. But I’m focused on my performance and getting used to the car and it is feeling good. The most crucial thing for me now is to get into a rhythm as this is not an easy track. I did have an off which was not so great.”

“I was pushing and had a lock up.” Albon explained. “I hit the barrier which took the front wing off. It did affect my confidence a little, but I was happy that even after that, my lap time was ok. I haven’t been on this circuit before but the sim correlates quite well. This track is so technical with a lot of corners so if I make one mistake it’s over. I need to go for clean driving while also pushing the limit. Also, everything over heats, not just me but the tyres and brakes, so that’s going to be an additional challenge. My hope for tomorrow is that I qualify in the second row but we shall see.”

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