Alex Albon has said there were a lot of positives to take from Friday Practice for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, despite crashing in the second session.
The Red Bull driver came under pressure at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a difficult qualifying session, that left him 14th on the grid, and the Anglo-Thai driver claimed that his Red Bull RB16 was completely unpredictable.
The team were expecting to find Silverstone a tough weekend due to the high speed nature of the circuit, but the team has brought a number of upgrades for this weekend and it appears to have resolved some of the issues, with Max Verstappen topping the timesheet in Free Practice One.
Albon was also fourth fastest in the opening practice session of the weekend, and was second fastest in Free Practice Two, but his afternoon came to an abrupt halt when he crashed out of the session at Stowe with 45 minutes remaining.
But, despite the crash hampering his afternoon, Albon believes there are plenty of positives to take from Friday’s running.
“There are a lot of positives to take from today despite the incident at the end of FP2.” commented the 24-year-old.
“I’m fine and it wasn’t that bad. The rear just went away quite quickly and I struggled to correct it.
“I thought I caught it and then I just got sent into a tank slapper.
“We’ll have a look at the data and see what happened there.
“As a Team though I think we’ve definitely made a step.
“We expected worse coming into today but the car feels good and it was hooked up straight away from the first lap in FP1.
“Obviously I’m pretty sure the Mercedes are hiding a lot so we’ll be watching them tomorrow but otherwise on our side the car feels more balanced and I think we have a better understanding of it.
“The wind and temperatures tomorrow will be very different to what we’ve had today so it will be a little bit of a reset but it’s looking good so far.”