Christijan Albers has rejected the idea of Lewis Hamilton winning the Russian GP if it had been dry throughout.
Hamilton took victory at Sochi after a dramatic race saw rain arrive and race leader Lando Norris throw his lead away. The Mercedes driver punished Norris’ poor decision and went on to take a dominating win, his 100th in the sport.
However, Albers rejected the idea of Hamilton winning the Russian GP if it had stayed dry, saying that his car wasn’t the fastest that day.
Speaking on the Telegraph podcast, Albers said, “I personally don’t think so, because that McLaren is just so strong on those long straights.
“That car is so good and it has so little drag. That’s so incredible how fast that car runs. Even when Lewis drives behind it with his DRS fully open, you just saw that he almost didn’t get there.
“In addition, Norris also had a fresh set of tyres, where you can actually make the difference. Then you still have the possibility to drive close behind and overtake.
“If you don’t have that and you’re stuck behind someone for too long, then you just lose so much downforce and those tyres actually heat up a lot more and get too hot, so you don’t have that opportunity to get past them anymore.”
Not a match
Albers opined that McLaren would have ended up taking a second consecutive victory because Hamilton wasn’t putting up his usual scorching lap times.
“The one team that was just strong, when they come in front of it and you get a DRS train, that was the two McLarens,” Albers said.
“It’s treacherous, because all at once when you see Lewis Hamilton driving alone in the middle of the race, what kind of lap times he’s popping out and that he’s just crushing everybody. I hardly see that anymore.
“It’s incredible how he closes that gap to Norris. Then you look at how sensitive the car is in traffic with turbulence winds. Then that Mercedes doesn’t work at all,” he concluded.