After his first season with the team, Alexander Albon stated that Williams needs to work on trying to build a more consistent car for the upcoming season.
Albon joined Williams after a year out of Formula 1. After his first season with the team, he believes that the FW44 was decent around some tracks, but lacked speed in others. The Thai driver thinks that the team needs to improve the car and make it competitive for every track for the 2023 season.
“It feels like we’ve had a very similar year to what George had been doing previously,” he said. “I haven’t been quick in all circuits. Our car is quite unique. It seems to suit a certain characteristic of the track. And when those moments happen, we seem to be able to make the most of it.
“I think we’ve been very good on Saturday this year as well, which has created opportunities where we otherwise wouldn’t have been close, we’ve been there to fight for it. It’s obviously been in some ways also disappointing because as the performance side of things goes, we want to be fighting more regularly.
“Sometimes we’d find ourselves in situations where we were P19 and P20. And that’s kind of where we were, we were kind of taking chances when others fail, or aren’t on the top of their game.
“And obviously, I think we want to make it that when we do well, that’s when we’re scoring a lot of points, and when we’re not doing so well, we’re still chasing points. That’s not the case at the moment.”
Albon also said that the team knows where the car can be improved, and also the drivers feel where speed is lacking. The next step is to understand how to change the car’s behavior and extract the performance.
“My main thing really is you can’t leave any stone unturned. The limitations of the car are really clear, in terms of driver feedback, what the guys see in terms of GPS data, and where we’re losing in certain corners.
“It’s quite obvious, the areas we need to work on. To achieve that though is obviously another thing. It has been a characteristic in the car, previous to this year, talking 2017, and 2016, there were already signs of this kind of balance. So for us, there’s obviously a big focus on getting the rolling pin out and starting to smooth it out.
“At the same time, I definitely feel there are certain characteristics that are limiting us quite a lot. And if we could just get behind that, we’ll make big steps forward.”