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Alex Albon’s crash results in ‘unacceptable’ determination for Williams at F1 Australian GP


As the primary follow session on the Method 1 Australian Grand Prix wound down, Alex Albon discovered himself in a tough spot.

The wall.

As Albon was popping out of the exit to Flip 6 and ran just a little large into Flip 7, which resulted in an enormous crash that induced substantial harm to his FW46:

The Williams driver was tremendous, and had this to say following the incident within the workforce’s post-practice report: “I ran just a little large and went up onto the exit curb and bottomed out after I landed, so it’s irritating.”

It was the identical flip the place Albon crashed in final season’s Australian Grand Prix.

Nonetheless, the frustration was simply starting for Albon and the workforce.

Albon was sidelined for the second follow session, and solely teammate Logan Sargeant was capable of take part. However following the second follow session the actual bitter information got here from the workforce.

With the chassis to Albon’s automotive unable to be repaired in time, and the workforce not having a spare chassis this weekend, the choice had been made to slip Albon into Sargeant’s automotive for the remainder of the week.

“We’re massively upset that the harm sustained to the chassis has meant we have to withdraw it from the weekend. It’s unacceptable in modern-day Method 1 to not have a spare chassis, however it’s a reflection of how behind we have been within the winter interval and an illustration of why we have to undergo vital change so as to get ourselves in a greater place for the longer term. In consequence, we’ve had some very troublesome selections to make this afternoon,” stated Group Principal James Vowles in a press release.

Vowles went on to reward Sargeant’s dedication to the workforce.

“Whereas Logan shouldn’t should undergo from a mistake that he didn’t make, each race counts when the midfield is tighter than ever, so we’ve made the decision primarily based on our greatest potential to attain factors this weekend. This determination was not made evenly, and we can’t thank Logan sufficient for his sleek acceptance, demonstrating his dedication to the workforce; he’s a real workforce participant,” added Vowles. “This may show a troublesome weekend for Williams, and this case isn’t one that we’ll put ourselves in once more.”

Sargeant, who’s underneath stress to maintain his seat in F1 for subsequent season, referred to as it the toughest second of his profession.

“That is the toughest second I can keep in mind in my profession and it’s completely not straightforward. I’m nonetheless fully right here for the workforce and can proceed to contribute in any manner that I can this weekend to maximise what we are able to do,” stated the second-year driver.

For his half, Albon praised his teammate, admitting that no driver would wish to be in Sargeant’s place.

“I’ve to be completely sincere and say that no driver would wish to hand over his seat. I might by no means need something like this to occur. Logan has all the time been a consummate skilled and a workforce participant from day one, and this received’t be a simple one for him to take,” stated Albon. “At this level although, I can’t dwell on the scenario and my solely job now could be to maximise our potential this weekend and work with the entire workforce to verify we do the perfect job potential.”

Whereas groups ordinarily have a backup chassis on race weekends, Williams’s growth of the FW46 noticed some delays, which left them with out a spare for the primary three races of the season.

And left them pressured to made a brutal determination on Friday.

Whereas on paper that is in all probability the appropriate determination for the workforce, given Albon’s expertise total and his outcomes final season when put next with Sargent, that is going to be a bitter weekend for the workforce, no matter how the following few days unfold.

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