Alex Albon admits that Wiliams is feeling pressure from AlphaTauri
amid the latter’s strong run of form at recent races. AlphaTauri
spent much of the Formula 1 campaign at the foot of the
Constructors’ Championship but after scoring 16 points across the
last three Grands Prix weekends, it has lifted itself to eighth in
the standings. It now sits just seven points down on Williams, who
is hunting its first top-seven finish in the Constructors’
Championship since 2017. The Red Bull sister team has brought
multiple upgrades during the campaign with its final update coming
at the United States Grand Prix last month. When asked if Williams
is feeling pressure from AlphaTauri, Albon told media including
RacingNews365 : “We are, I’d say so. “We’re still doing our own
thing and the focus is always just to execute the weekend that
we’re doing. “Obviously, these guys have definitely stepped up
their game over the last few races and they’re becoming more and
more of a threat, not just for us, but even to the Alpines and to
the midfield. “So it’s been difficult to fend them off. We’ve got
two races left, obviously, and it’s a seven point difference.”
Albon confident ahead of Las Vegas round This weekend in Las Vegas
will mark a step into the unknown for all teams as the Strip
Circuit makes its F1 debut. However, the circuit layout appears to
suit Williams’ FW45 challenger, with a long straight making up the
final sector of the track. Albon is hopeful that Willliams’ car
will be more suited to Las Vegas’ characteristics than recent
circuits which may help it stay ahead of AlphaTauri. “We’re going
into this weekend with, we hope, a more competitive car than we’ve
had over Mexico and Brazil,” he said. “So let’s see, but it is
going to be a battle of attrition and just about executing
everything we can, because, I think on paper, they are a little bit
quicker than us.”

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