Albon reveals what he learned from losing to Verstappen from close quarters – “Now I know”

New Williams driver Alex Albon revealed what he learned from losing to Max Verstappen during his time at Red Bull.

Albon’s stint at Red Bull got off to a bright start. However, his first full season saw him crushed by Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship standings. It also didn’t help that he had a lacklustre season and was replaced in 2021 by Sergio Perez.

The Thai was demoted by his team to a reserve driver role, and that’s what he did in 2021. However, he was signed by Williams to race for them in the upcoming season, where he will partner with Nicholas Latifi.

With the 2022 season a few weeks away, Albon revealed what he learned from losing to Verstappen during his time at Red Bull.

In an interview published on the Williams website, the former Toro Rosso driver, “It’s great to be back.

“It will be my third year in F1, but I feel like I gained a lot of experience over my time. I’m not this rookie coming into it, now I know what I’m doing and what I want.

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Albon (pictured) will race for Williams in 2022. Source: Williams

“It’s great to be able to work with this team who will listen to me, we’ll listen to each other and try and get the most out of this car.”

Max level

“More than anything, I was surprised by his (Verstappen’s) ability not to worry. Mentally, he’s incredible,” he continued.

“He just drives the car and don’t think about the consequences or anything else that’s going on. That inspired me.

“If he finished behind Lewis (Hamilton in 2021), he would say, ‘Okay, never mind’. If he led a race or won a race, it was also, ‘Okay, whatever’. I admire that because it’s not easy to be in the limelight as much as he is.”

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