French GP: Alex Albon pleased with qualifying result

Williams driver Alex Albon felt as though qualifying went as well as it could for the French Grand Prix with the Thai/British driver set to line up P13 for tomorrow’s race.

Albon had been showing good pace during practice earlier on in the weekend, with him posting times in the top 10 on more than one occasion and, though he starts outside of the points for tomorrow’s race, he seems to feel as though the session itself went pretty well.

Speaking after qualifying to the Williams media team, he reflected on his afternoon’s work and had this to say:

“I think I got a lot out of the car today and was happy with it – the wind did pick up and I struggled a bit with this.

“I think we’ve been slightly fortunate throughout the weekend so far with the low wind, but it picked up in qualifying and was getting stronger and just went the wrong way for us.

“The team are doing a good job and have come up with a really different package, so we really are fighting towards Q2 which is exactly where we want to be. Starting P13 puts us in a good place for tomorrow so let’s see what we can do from there.”

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JULY 23: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Williams FW44 Mercedes on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

There’s every chance that Albon can challenge for points tomorrow, with him obviously hoping for a clean start and then good race pace in the Williams.

A few cars in front of him retiring might help his cause, too, especially with the likes of Carlos Sainz set to come charging through the field with the Ferrari man on the back row after being handed several grid penalties thanks to engine component changes.

Albon is happy enough, though, and now he’ll look to convert that into a result he can be pleased with on Sunday.

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