Williams had a difficult Sprint Qualifying session, with drivers Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant finishing 19th and 15th. Hear what they had to say below.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

Albon: “I couldn’t quite pull it together”

  • Free Practice 1: Best lap: 1:06.995, pos. 18th, 29 laps
  • Sprint Qualifying: Best lap: 1:06.754, pos. 19th

It was a tough Sprint Qualifying for Williams’ Thai driver as he finished in 19th place. Despite completing 29 laps in FP1, Albon struggled to find the right balance in his car during qualifying.

“I couldn’t quite pull it together through Turn 3 and 4, struggling with the balance and just not able to get around it,” Albon said. “I tried to play around with driving styles and tools, but it didn’t really work. With one shot in Sprint Qualifying, I just didn’t get it right.

“I regret not being a bit more extreme with my changes from FP1 to Sprint Qualifying, but we’ll make some changes and try to get more out of it tomorrow.”

Sargeant: P15 “a good place to be starting”

  • First Practice Session: Best lap: 1:07.259, pos. 20th, 28 laps
  • Sprint Qualifying: Best lap: 1:06.518, pos. 15th

Sargeant outqualified Albon for the first time in Sprint Qualifying. Despite a challenging start to the weekend in Free Practice 1, he managed to improve significantly to secure a place in SQ2, where he ultimately placed 15th.

His performance in SQ2 was marred by him clipping the gravel at Turn 6, but Sargeant remains positive about his performance. “SQ1 was a good build-up,” he said, “however, in SQ2, I didn’t quite get Turn 1 and 3 right, attempting to make it up in the second half of the lap.

“I managed this, but then clipped the gravel in Turn 6 and that was unfortunately out. I’m still happy with my session and think it’s a good place to be starting tomorrow. The conditions are changing from session to session.

He continued, “We are being proactive with setup and countering the differences and I feel like we did a good job and turned things around from FP1 to Sprint Qualifying, so we’ll just keep trying to do more of the same. It’s been a good step forward from Barcelona.”

Smeets: “Sprint Qualifying was always going to be tricky”

Sporting Director Sven Smeets reflected on a challenging session for the team. “With only one Free Practice session, having the car in the right window for Sprint Qualifying was always going to be tricky.

“Unfortunately, Alex struggled with the balance of his car and didn’t make it out of SQ1. Logan did a good job and got into SQ2 with a clean and decent last push lap. In SQ2, we knew he had to give it his all to gain some places on the grid but unfortunately couldn’t get it all lined up and his lap was deleted.”

He added, “Nevertheless, he will be in a good position tomorrow to fight and look out for opportunities. With Alex, we’ll make some changes to the setup after the Sprint Race, ahead of Qualifying, and will use the Sprint to gather valuable information for the Grand Prix on Sunday.”

With strategic adjustments and a proactive approach, Williams Racing aims to capitalise on the insights gained to deliver a stronger performance throughout the remainder of the weekend.

Header photo credit: Williams Racing

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