Williams is one of the most historic teams in Formula 1, its success goes back decades, but now, instead of competing for titles, the team is struggling to avoid finishing at the bottom of the championship every year.
However, the team has improved recently, with results in the latter stages of George Russell’s time with the team becoming impressive, and Alex Albon looks set to pick up where Russell left off this season.
Albon expected a tough weekend in Mexico for the team as the car was expected to struggle in the high altitude conditions, but in the end he had a successful race by all accounts, finishing 12th despite starting only with his team-mate Nicholas Latifi behind him at the end of the first lap.
“The beginning was difficult; we had technical problems with the shutdown so we dropped to 19thth and then we broke through,” he described.
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“We overtook most of the cars on the track or did so during the pit stops and got to 12th.”
George Russell was nicknamed ‘Mr Saturday’ last season as the then Williams driver impressed in qualifying before crashing out in the race.
Albon claimed that the team had improved since then and evened out their performances during the race weekend, rather than excelling in just one or two aspects.
“I think last year the team was maybe a little stronger in qualifying than in the race. This year a little 50:50; sometimes we come right in qualifying, sometimes in the race. It’s a bit of a moving board,” he said.
“If you look at where we were at the beginning of the year and where we are now, I think overall we really understand the weaknesses of the car, we deal with them and we take advantage of the weekends.
“It puts us in a good place to develop next year because we understand the areas we need to work on.”
Unfortunately for his teammate, Latifi doesn’t see any improvement in the team as he often hangs out at the back of the net.
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The Canadian was expected to come into his own this year and step out of the shadow of George Russell, who is believed to have been too successful in last year’s race car.
Latifi now unfortunately seems to fall short of the required standard as he was beaten by another team-mate last year and it has now been confirmed that he will be leaving the team at the end of the season.
Latifi finished last in Mexico in what has become a common occurrence this year, describing the race as “a very lonely and useless afternoon.”