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Alex Albon has but to attain his maiden Formulation 1 podium, and has needed to watch his staff mate Max Verstappen take two high three finishes within the final two races. However Albon’s boss at Crimson Bull Christian Horner defended his driver within the run as much as the British Grand Prix, insisting criticism of the 24-year-old has been “unfair”.
Albon joined Crimson Bull halfway via final season as a alternative for Pierre Gasly – who was slotted again in to Toro Rosso after his personal struggles within the senior staff – and Horner was requested this week if he was pleased with the Thai driver, given he has to date didn’t match his staff mate for tempo or outcomes.
“I feel there was criticism of Alex, which in some methods has been unwarranted and unfair,” he mentioned.
“Should you look again to the primary race in Austria, via technique he was able to arguably win that race and was taken out by Lewis Hamilton and he completed fourth within the subsequent race and fifth within the subsequent race.
“We all know the automobile we’ve supplied our drivers with this yr isn’t optimised and it has had some troublesome traits and for a driver that doesn’t have expertise, he’s solely simply had over a yr’s price of Formulation 1 expertise, that’s a troublesome name.
“However the best way he has dealt with the scenario, the best way he has dealt with the strain has been spectacular. And I feel he simply wants time and we’re doing our greatest to assist him as a lot as we will and issues just like the expertise of the race engineer he’s now working with will solely compound that.”
Albon confirmed the “troublesome traits” Horner referred to when he misplaced management of the RB16 and crashed closely at Stowe nook throughout Friday’s second free apply session – although the 24-year-old insisted afterwards that despite the off, the car felt more “balanced” this weekend.
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In a bid to assist him enhance his performances, Crimson Bull introduced final week that Daniel Ricciardo’s former race engineer Simon Rennie was returning to a trackside role to run Albon’s car. Horner defined why they made the change.
“Simon has clearly been with the staff for a very long time and he was race engineer to each Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo via his entirety at Crimson Bull Racing,” he mentioned. “Simon left the pit wall, via his personal alternative, on the finish of 2018 to tackle a factory-based position and that’s what he’s been working at for the final couple of years.
“However with the problems that we at present have with the automobile and an inexperienced driver like Alex we felt that it was unfair on the race engineer who was working Alex, who was comparatively inexperienced, to have that strain.
“So we’ve introduced Simon again into the entrance line for the remainder of the season, and hopefully that have, that data whereas we aggressively develop this automobile will solely assist Alex, as a result of it’s important to perceive that each time he will get within the automobile it’s that little bit totally different and I feel an skilled hand like Simon is certainly a optimistic for him.”