After a tough Sprint Shootout, the chance to score points in the F1 Sprint looked like a distant dream – step forward, Alex Albon.

Our duo lined up in P17 and P20 respectively, with Alex starting on used mediums and Logan on fresh softs.

Both had a clean getaway on the opening tour and gained two positions before the Safety Car was deployed to recover Liam Lawson’s beached AlphaTauri.

After a quick turnaround, it wasn’t long before the SC was out again. Sadly, it was to recover Logan’s stranded FW45 at Turn 9.

With one car left in the Sprint, all our attention turned towards Alex on the second restart, but he’d lose a position to Yuki Tsunoda at Turn 1, dropping him to P18.

This is where the fightback began. On the very next lap, Albono regained P17 from Tsunoda before moving up another place on Lap 10, dispatching Kevin Magnussen at the end of the DRS zone.

The next lap, Sergio Perez, Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Ocon tangled at Turn 2, bringing out the Safety Car for a third time and allowing some struggling soft tyre runners to pit.

We would get back underway on Lap 15, and by now, Alex had filtered his way up to P11, but not for long.

Valtteri Bottas was in his sights, and again he made the move stick before Pierre Gasly became the next driver to be overtaken by our No23.

Onto the final lap and Alex was on the fringes of the points-paying positions. It didn’t take long for him to enter the top eight as the soft tyre runners seriously began to struggle.

Fernando Alonso went from in front of Albono to in his rear-view mirrors before our driver saw his next target: the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

The Monegasque driver managed to stay ahead, albeit thanks to four track limit violations, and in a drag race to the line, he pipped Alex by 0.004s.

However, the FIA would hand Leclerc a five-second time penalty, elevating Alex to P7 at the finish – our maiden points in an F1 Sprint.

An F1 Sprint to remember!

“We capitalised on everyone’s difficulties today and this resulted in a point, which is now two points following Charles’ penalty, so I’m very happy!” Alex shared.

“We took a gamble with set-up, and we made it work, so I think it came down to good strategy and some good fortune.

“We’re going to be in a good place for tomorrow, as long as the wind is low like it was in the Sprint, which it looks to be.”

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