Alexander Albon admitted he couldn’t take full satisfaction from his podium finish in the Bahrain Grand Prix because of the way it came about.
The Red Bull driver spent most of the race in fourth place behind Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. He inherited third place when an MGU-K failure forced Perez into retirement with four laps to go.
Albon said he had a “good race” but was under no illusions about the stroke of fortune which handed him his second podium finish.
“Obviously Sergio had a great race too and he had the blow-up,” said Albon. “So I’m partly, let’s say not fully satisfied. But it was still there, we had to be there to capitalise on it.”
The Red Bull driver, whose place at the team has not yet been confirmed for 2021, said some of the areas he has concentrated on improving paid off in yesterday’s race.
“On my side it was a good race. We had a good start, something which we’ve been working on recently and it’s nice to see it getting better.
“Then from that point on it was more or less being there to capitalise because I didn’t quite have the pace to overtake Sergio. We were just there behind, waiting for something to happen, and it did, so third was a good result. And especially a double podium for the team, that’s good for them as well.”
Albon described himself as being “95% satisfied” with his performance and result.
“It’s still a good race, just little things, fine-tuning. I know I was struggling a little bit with tyre deg[radation] through the stint but we were on a similar strategy to Lewis, we had two mediums so it was quite hard to push on the second stint.
“But saying that, of course I want to be better, I want to be faster and challenging more often for podiums.”
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