Albon welcomes “more predictable” Red Bull F1 car

Albon struggled at points earlier in the season with the unpredictable and skittish 2020 Red Bull car, and has failed to match teammate Max Verstappen’s pace so far this year, scoring less than half as many points.

by taking fifth on the grid, finishing half a second behind Verstappen.” data-reactid=”20″But after reporting greater confidence with the RB16 in practice on Friday, Albon put in one his best qualifying displays of the season so far by taking fifth on the grid, finishing half a second behind Verstappen.

“I’m taking the positives from it, definitely,” Albon said after qualifying.

“The car felt good from FP1 to be honest, and from then on it was just an improvement each time. It didn’t feel like we had to chase anything too much. It was just fine tuning it so when we arrived to qualifying, it wasn’t like a big surprise.

“It’s just a

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Red Bull needs to be “brutally honest” and give Albon better-balanced car – F1

Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan says that the team has to be “brutally honest” and provide Alex Albon with a better-balanced Formula 1 car.

The Thai driver fell in Q2 at the British Grand Prix for the second consecutive event, qualifying nine places behind team-mate Max Verstappen in 12th having also failed to reach Q3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out.

It comes after Albon, who set the second quickest time in FP2, suffered a heavy crash in that session after a moment of snap oversteer at Stowe, and then lost more track time with power unit problems in FP3.

Albon, who is now working with Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo’s former engineer Simon Rennie after a technical reshuffle, has hit back at suggestions that he is struggling and said he is not “worried in the sense that I feel like it’s been tough or it’s going

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Albon gets Ricciardo’s old engineer Rennie in Red Bull technical reshuffle – F1

Red Bull has shuffled its Formula 1 technical team, with the experienced Simon Rennie returning to trackside action from this weekend’s British Grand Prix as Alex Albon’s new race engineer.

Rennie is best known for working with Mark Webber in his final 2013 campaign and with Daniel Ricciardo between 2014 and 2018 as the Australian developed into a race winner.

He elected to take a factory role after that, and his desire to step back played a part in Ricciardo’s decision to leave the team at the end of that year and join Renault.

Following Albon’s challenging start to the 2020 season, which included failing to make Q3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull has elected to bring Rennie back into its trackside set-up to assist the second-year Thai driver.

Albon’s previous race engineer, Mike Lugg, will remain with Red Bull but take a factory role from now on.

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