Alex Albon was left frustrated after a disrupted Friday practice, having crashed his Red Bull in the opening session during wet conditions.
Rain affected the running in first practice, but Albon ventured out on the circuit as the track started to dry at the end of the session and made an error which caused him to go off the circuit and crash in to the barriers, causing damage to the front of his Red Bull.
Despite the amount of damage caused, Albon’s mechanics still managed to get his car ready for free practice two, but he flat spotted his option tyres whilst on a flying lap, meaning he was unable to set a representative lap time.
“FP1 was tricky in the wet and obviously it wasn’t ideal crashing but it was quite a minor off.” commented Albon.
“I just lost it on the brakes and it happened at the worst part of the track.
“The guys did a great job to get the car ready for FP2, and the car felt ok on the prime tyre.
“Then I switched to the option and got a flat spot so that was my session over really.”
Although he had a difficult Friday, his first after Red Bull confirmed he would stay with the team for 2020, the 23-year-old believes that there were positives and that Red Bull should be strong on race pace.
“I think our performance looks quite good though and our race pace is strong so we can take positives from today,” he added.
“I just don’t know where I’m at because I haven’t had a clean session.
“This track is quite difficult, and with the weather and rivers on the circuit it’s not easy, but it’s fun and I’m enjoying driving it.”
Albon’s team-mate, Max Verstappen, had a more productive Friday, ending up third fastest in FP2, and although Verstappen is confident it can be a strong weekend for Red Bull, he believes that the ambient temperature could have an impact on the running order for the remainder of the weekend.
“I think the lap times are not really representative as the track and ambient temperatures are pretty different to what it looks like for tomorrow and Sunday.” said Verstappen after practice.
“The top three teams are all very close to each other so let’s see how everyone responds to the track and temperatures tomorrow.”