Williams Racing’s Alex Albon achieved a top-10 finish at the 2024 British Grand Prix, as the Thai driver’s P9 finish doubled their points tally for the season.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

Despite changeable conditions with on-off rain showers throughout the 52 laps, both drivers managed to navigate the challenges effectively.

The race commenced under dry conditions. In the opening lap, Albon’s FW46 was hit by Haas’ Nico Hülkenberg at Turn 3, causing damage and dropping him to P13.

Despite this, Albon fought back, as both him and his teammate Logan Sargeant executed clean wheel-to-wheel racing at Vale.

During the first period of light rainfall, most teams, including Williams, opted to stay on slick tyres. This was a decision that paid off as Charles Leclerc’s switch to intermediates proved premature.

When heavier rain arrived, Albon and Sargeant switched to intermediate tyres, completing 11 laps in wet conditions before the track dried rapidly.

With Mercedes’ George Russell retiring, Albon maintained a top-10 position, eventually overtaking Yuki Tsunoda to secure P9. Sargeant also passed Kevin Magnussen to finish P11.

Albon: “Everything mostly fell into place” at “special” British Grand Prix

Alex Albon reflected on his points-scoring finish. “We made contact in Turn 3 and lost a chunk of the front wing, so I was a bit worried at the beginning,” he said.

“After that, everything mostly fell into place, and I was happy. We made the right calls for the most part, boxing at the right time for the right tyres.

“We did lose some time on the pit stops and I think without the damage, we could’ve scored more points, but I’m still happy.

“It’s a weekend where we really needed to deliver for the team, so to do it at our home Grand Prix always makes it more special.”

Sargeant: “A good day” racing in “tricky conditions” at Silverstone

Logan Sargeant was positive about his P11 result. “It was a good day in general. From FP2 where we struggled in high fuel, we put the car in a much better place, and it showed,” he said.

“We had good pace, particularly on the slick tyre. I struggled a little on the drying track with the Inters by degrading the tyres a little bit too much. We executed everything relatively well and kept it together in tricky conditions.

“We got quite unfortunate with the stacked stop for the Inters with Alex having a slow stop ahead which cost us time. Overall, I’m happy with the way I drove this weekend.”

Smeets: “The car worked well” in “mixed and rather cold conditions”

Sven Smeets commented on the car’s performance. “The car worked well today in these mixed and rather cold conditions. Alex picked up some damage in the first corners of the race through contact but avoided a big collision with great skill.

“Logan had a good start, and both cars had good pace in that first part of the race. When the first patch of rain came both drivers did an excellent job staying out on slicks as it was difficult to call when to go onto the intermediates.

“When the rain had passed, we fitted slicks on both cars at the right time and Logan and Alex had great pace on a quickly drying track. Logan managed to overtake Magnussen for P11, and Alex made a great move on Tsunoda for P9, scoring two valuable points for the team,” he added.

“Overall, it’s been a good weekend for the team after two difficult weekends.”

Formula 1 British Grand Prix race results

1L. HamiltonUnited KingdomMercedes1:22:27.05925
2M. VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull+1.465s18
3L. NorrisUnited KingdomMcLaren+7.547s15
4O. PiastriAustraliaMcLaren+12.429s12
5C. Sainz Jr.SpainFerrari+47.318s11
6N. HülkenbergGermanyHaas+55.722s8
7L. StrollCanadaAston Martin+56.569s6
8F. AlonsoSpainAston Martin+63.577s4
9A. AlbonThailandWilliams+68.387s2
10Y. TsunodaJapanRB+79.303s1
11L. SargeantUnited StatesWilliams+88.960s0
12K. MagnussenDenmarkHaas+90.153s0
13D. RicciardoAustraliaRB+1 Lap0
14C. LeclercMonacoFerrari+1 Lap0
15V. BottasFinlandKick Sauber+1 Lap0
16E. OconFranceAlpine+2 Laps0
17S. PérezMexicoRed Bull+2 Laps0
18G. ZhouChinaKick Sauber+2 Laps0
19G. RussellUnited KingdomMercedesDNF0
20P. GaslyFranceAlpineDNF0


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