Albon has been under pressure at Red Bull Racing all season as a teammate of Max Verstappen and so the podium in Bahrain was a welcome surprise for the Thai. The Thai will get a boost of confidence from that, although it was due to a lot of luck. Perez was on his way to third place.
Albon took his chance
"There was a little bit of good fortune today for Alex, when he inherited his second podium after Sergio Perez retired, but he put himself in a position to take advantage when the opportunity presented itself," said Ross Brawn in his column for Formula1.com.
"There’s no doubt this has been a challenging year for him, but in Bahrain, he showed strong pace throughout the race and showed character in the way he recovered well from his big crash in practice on Friday.
"This podium will do wonders for his confidence. He now needs to build on this result and get some momentum."
"Racing Point are going to be feeling they have underperformed this year, after suffering heartbreak in Bahrain, first with Lance retiring after a collision and then Sergio losing the podium in the final laps.
"They have had a very good car, a bit of a controversial car as we know from the fuss at the beginning of the year. It’s the second or third fastest car of the field and they haven’t been able to take the maximum from it."