Alex Albon believes there were positives to take from his performance in the Italian Grand Prix despite the race not going to plan.
The Red Bull driver started sixth on the grid, but didn’t have the best of starts and found himself dropping down to ninth on the opening lap.
Things then got harder for the 23-year-old as he tried made a move on Carlos Sainz Jr at the Roggia chicane, only for the Spaniard to dive up the inside of him at the first Lesmo, putting Albon off the track and on to the grass.
Although Albon managed to get back into the points – even after serving a five second penalty for gaining an advantage after cutting the first chicane to pass Magnussen – he felt it was harder than it could have otherwise been as he didn’t have enough power on the straights.
“There were positives for me even though the race didn’t go as planned.” commented Albon after the race.
“I didn’t have a great start and had to fight my way back though the field.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the pace on the straights to overtake so I had to do my manoeuvres on the corners.
“That resulted in a lot of side by side action and at one point I just lost a bit too much grip going that wide so it started to get messy. I had a few offs and took a five second penalty.”
Despite having a difficult race, Albon feels that he is getting more comfortable in his Red Bull and that he has made a step forward since his first outing with the team at Spa, having previously acknowledged the move to the Milton Keynes team would be a big step up.
“My race pace is getting better with the car and I feel I have made a good step up from Spa so personally speaking I am happy.
“Hopefully Singapore will be better for me as there will be more downforce and more corners. I think there is a lot more to come and I’m feeling more competitive.”