Alex Albon has said he is “frustrated” but “not angry” about the incident with Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Albon was on course for second place at the end of a dramatic Grand Prix, after Bottas retired with an engine failure and the two Ferraris took each other out, but he was knocked in to a spin by the Mercedes of Hamilton as Hamilton attempted to pass him.
Hamilton had dropped to fourth after taking a pit-stop during the final safety car period, and immediately passed the Toro Rosso of Gasly for third, but mis-judged the move on Albon, causing the Red Bull to spin and damaging the front wing of his Mercedes.
Hamilton went on to finish third, just behind Gasly, while Albon plummeted to 14th in the classification, but despite having a podium wiped from under his feet, Albon said that he isn’t angry about the incident.
“Of course I’m frustrated but I’m not angry, I’m just upset.” commented Albon after the race.
“I wanted that podium and we deserved it as it was on merit.
“I had a good gap to Lewis and I wasn’t worrying about him.
“I went into the corner deep just to cover him so he didn’t get any ideas, and then there’s a blind spot and obviously we made contact.”
Although Albon was upset that contact was made, he is happy that there was no deliberate contact from Hamilton and that it is the risk when battling another driver for position.
“Of course he didn’t do it on purpose, it’s just one of those things and today wasn’t meant to be,” added the 23-year-old.
“It’s done now and we’ll focus on the positives before the next race.”
Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, felt that it was inevitable that contact would be made as Hamilton went for a closing gap, but despite the end result, he was pleased with Albon’s performance in the race.
“Alex drove another very strong race, going wheel to wheel with Ferrari and Mercedes.” said Horner.
“He managed to pass Sebastian on the outside of Turn 1 and was also able to get ahead of Lewis who pitted at the final Safety Car.
“Unfortunately on the last lap, Lewis went for a gap that was rapidly diminishing and contact was made.
“That was a 1-2 finish for the Team and second place for Alex taken away, but nonetheless Alex has driven a great Grand Prix and he can leave Brazil with his head held high.”