Albon: RB16 “lacking a bit of predictability”

Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon feels his RB16 was “lacking a bit of predictability” in the first two practice sessions for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Milton Keynes-based team appeared to be some way off the pace of Mercedes in the opening practice session, with Max Verstappen ending up eighth fastest, while Albon was 13th, 1.724s slower than the benchmark time set by Lewis Hamilton.

With a rain affected second practice session, not much running was conducted in comparison to a usual Friday, and Albon believes the team has work to do as he is finding his RB16 unpredictable.

Speaking after practice the Red Bull driver said: “The weather has been hurting us as we’re trying to understand the car at a new circuit after two weeks at the Red Bull Ring.

“FP1 wasn’t ideal and then with the downpour we couldn’t exactly try anything for FP2.

“We’ll have a look through the data from this morning and see what we can do for tomorrow.

“I think the car is lacking a bit of predictability, not so much in one corner or sector but just little bits everywhere.

“There have definitely been places where we’ve made improvements, like at R02 compared to R01, but it just hasn’t followed through to here like we would have expected.”

Verstappen echoed his team-mate’s comments, adding that a lot of work needs to be done overnight to correct the balance of the car.

“FP1 was not what we wanted and we have a lot to look into.” he said.

“It’s a shame that it was raining this afternoon for FP2 because we already had a few things to change and we could have had a good comparison to work from.

“Luckily, we have overnight to look at the data and for sure we will make some changes and try to improve the overall balance for tomorrow.

“There are strong areas to our car but we still have work to do to match Mercedes.”