In a revealing account of his stint as Max Verstappen‘s teammate at Purple Bull, Alex Albon has make clear the challenges he confronted.
The Williams driver has laid the blame for his struggles through the 18 months he spent with the Milton Keynes-based group at a variety of doorways.
Albon’s entry into the Purple Bull group occurred midseason in 2019, as he changed Pierre Gasly following a difficult begin to the latter’s F1 marketing campaign. Initially discovering success with top-six finishes in eight of his first 9 races, Albon‘s efficiency took a downturn in 2020.
Regardless of securing two podiums in his inaugural full season with Purple Bull, he constantly trailed Verstappen in qualifying, culminating in a big factors deficit.
How did Purple Bull reply to Albon’s struggles?
The disparity led to Albon’s departure from the group, with Christian Horner choosing Sergio Perez as his substitute.
Albon addressed the widespread notion that the automobile was tailor-made to go well with Verstappen’s preferences, clarifying that whereas the automobile’s nature remained fixed, Verstappen‘s driving fashion was distinct and difficult to adapt to.
“The very first thing is lots of people say that the automobile is constructed round him. In truth, the automobile is what it’s,” Albon advised the Excessive-Efficiency Podcast.
“He has fairly a singular driving fashion really. It is not that straightforward to get together with.
“My driving fashion is a little more on the graceful aspect, however I like a automobile that has an excellent entrance finish, so fairly sharp and fairly direct. Max does too, however his degree of sharp and direct is type of one other… it is a complete completely different degree.”
Albon then went onto element simply how delicate Verstappen likes his automobile setup to be.
“I do not know should you guys play pc video games in any respect, however should you bump up the sensitivity fully to the max and you progress that mouse and it is simply darting throughout the display screen in all places… that is type of the way it feels.”
In keeping with Albon, the acute sharpness demanded by Verstappen‘s driving fashion created a disconcerting expertise, resulting in a lack of the pure circulation state essential for optimum efficiency. The fixed unpredictability within the automobile’s habits eroded confidence, hindering Albon’s capability to navigate corners with assurance.
“It turns into so sharp that it makes you a bit bit tense and it simply begins to snowball and each time the automobile turns into sharper and sharper, you begin to turn out to be extra tense.”