Williams pair Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant could have began the Las Vegas Grand Prix in a high-flying fifth and sixth on the grid, however a dramatic encounter on town’s streets ended with a point-less consequence for each drivers.
Albon and Sargeant did sufficient to retain their positions at first and regarded set to problem for a double factors end that may have strengthened Williams’ grip on P7 in the constructors’ standings.
Nevertheless, the timing of the second Security Automotive interval noticed a number of rivals full more cost effective tyre modifications, whereas Albon and Sargeant continued on ageing rubber and tumbled down the order.
On the finish of all of it, Albon crossed the road in twelfth positon, with Sargeant the penultimate finisher in sixteenth, leaving them to rue what may need been on one other day.
“I suffered fairly badly from graining at the moment; it was troublesome for us and the Security Automotive didn’t assist with most getting a pit cease with little consequence,” started Albon.
Albon takes the positives from point-less Las Vegas GP: ‘None of our rivals scored – that’s essential’
“It’s a kind of races that we’ll must overview after as I assumed we have been managing fairly nicely however after the Security Automotive in the midst of the race, I used to be racing everybody on outdated tyres.
“I might nearly handle my very own race, however I needed to push a bit extra and it creates this cycle which is troublesome to handle.
“There are some positives to take from this weekend, so it’s not all dangerous, however clearly a bit irritating to stroll away with out factors. We’ll proceed this combat for P7 to the very finish.”
Sargeant echoed his crew mate’s feedback as his quest for a second factors end so as to add to the one he scored in Austin rolls on to subsequent weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale.
“Actually, I don’t assume there’s so much we did improper at the moment,” stated the F1 rookie. “As a crew we got here round fifth and sixth after the primary lap which was the purpose.
Second Security Automotive ‘killed any probability we had’ of factors – Sargeant
“I felt like we managed that first stint comparatively nicely however, as anticipated, the faster vehicles began to return by way of in the direction of the top of it. We went with our technique and boxed for the laborious tyre with the plan to take us to the top.
“I don’t assume we have been in a foul place till that second Security Automotive got here out and it killed any probability we had. We didn’t actually have any possibility to return in and match a brand new set. Others did which put them , however we tried to carry on till the top.
“As a weekend, we maximised our plan and executed nicely, it was only a little bit of dangerous fortune at the moment.”
Regardless of their no-score, Williams stay seventh within the standings, seven factors away from Alfa Romeo, 12 forward of AlphaTauri and 16 up on Haas – with their three principal rivals additionally leaving Vegas empty-handed.