‘I’m very angry with myself’ – Albon shoulders blame after crashing out of P6 in Australia
Williams' Alex Albon was running high up and in the points when he crashed out at high speed at Turn 7 of Lap 7 in the 2023 Australian Grand Prix...
The Thai driver took full responsibility for the incident, adding that he was "very angry" with his spin, which led to a red flag, after which Lewis Hamilton took the lead of the race – only for Max Verstappen to pass him later on and eventually win the Australian Grand Prix for the first time in his F1 career.
"Yes, it’s all fine, all fine," Albon said after walking away from the crash. "More disappointed and sorry for the team than anything else. We had a great car today. I think even in the first few laps of the race we were strong. I was really happy with the car – it was just very unfortunate.
"It’s obviously disappointing," he added. "Firstly, it’s my mistake and apologies to the team… and especially when there are opportunities to score points today [when] there are a few cars out of place, out of sequence, and that’s when we need to do well. Everything was lining up until my mistake. Obviously, very angry with myself…"
Albon added: "It’s one of [those] things which clearly, looking at the results today and seeing where everyone’s at, there was a good chance for points, so we need to score points when we can."
The 27-year-old explained that his spin may have been triggered by a mistake earlier in the lap at Turn 5, where he said he ran wide and overheated his tyres.
"When I lost the car, I actually was going through there slower than the lap before but I went a little bit wider in Turn 5, went on the exit kerb, didn’t think too much of it, to be honest, but I mean, looking at the data briefly, it spiked tyre temp by a little bit and with these tyres, with the Pirellis, we get punished if we slide, so I think that’s the cause."
The Williams driver endured his second-straight retirement after scoring a point in the opening race of the season, while team mate Logan Sargeant spun out in a chaotic late restart at Albert Park.