No big party for Albon after third place: "It was quite tragic"

22-09-2020 12:35
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No big party for Albon after third place: It was quite tragic

Alexander Albon finally took his first podium in Mugello. The Thai-Brit crossed the finish line in third place and after failing twice before, the moment he was so looking forward to was finally there. After such a podium you would expect a big party, but it all turned out to be pretty modest.

A satisfied Albon

"It feels good – honestly, I'm happy," Albon talks to Tom Clarkson in the F1 Nation podcast. "We had a couple of chances to get this podium, and definitely I would have liked it to have happened sooner than it did, but it's nice. It was a nice time to happen as well if I'm honest, because there's been a lot of talk and everything."

"It was feeling like Spa and Monza was getting better, and it felt like I was making progress, so to be able to have a weekend where it felt like we got the result we deserved – it's just nice. And obviously from my side of the garage, these guys had been off that podium for a while, so it was nice to give them something."

Modest party

However, Albon did not go out to party after this great achievement, he went out for dinner and that's all, as it turns out. "I had a candlelit dinner for one. I literally I treated myself to a T-bone steak and a tiramisu, and then I went to bed. It was quite tragic," but not without reason.

"We had to do a filming day at a go kart track on the Monday, so I had to stay over in Italy. I was at the hotel which I was staying in all weekend at Mugello… and I was completely alone… Actually, there was a couple next to me, who didn't even know me." Nevertheless, Albon looks back on the weekend with satisfaction.

"I would say it was one of my better drives. It's been my Achilles' heel a little bit, Saturdays with this car. But as... the updates have come along to the car, Saturdays have been feeling better and better, and I've been feeling a bit more confident and in tune with the car, which has made the Sundays better as well. But Mugello was a really good race," Albon concludes.

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