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“Painfully slow” Monaco Grand Prix was too much

"Painfully slow" Monaco Grand Prix was too much

Alexander Albon was amazed by just how slow the cars in front of him were driving in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Williams driver claimed his first points of the season with ninth place. However he spent the afternoon stuck behind Yuki Tsunoda and said he was surprised how much other drivers were managing their pace.

“The pace was painfully slow,” he told the official F1 channel. “Like, painfully slow.

“I could see he had pace and I just thought to myself, these guys, they’re playing it way too slow. I mean, you can go a bit quicker. We got lapped after, like, 20 laps.”

Albon started the race on the medium tyre compound, switched to hards when the race was red-flagged on the first lap, and ran to the end from there. Others who ran the reverse of that strategy had to manage their pace significantly to cover 77 laps on their medium tyres.

The Williams driver admitted even his hard rubber was beginning to suffer by the end of the race. “To be fair, at the end of the race, it was tough, the tyres did degrade, but didn’t think it needed to be so slow like it was.”

Although it was a dissatisfying race, Albon was pleased to finally deliver Williams’ first points of 2024.

“It was maybe a bit of a boring one,” he said. “I wish I had a nicer race, a more fun race to say how we scored our first points.

“But I’ll take that. P9 is great for us. Puts us on the board, puts us in a positive momentum for the for the next few. Last year it took us a while to get some points and then we really started to hit our stride. So I don’t [see] why we can’t do that again.

“We’ve obviously chipped away at the car, got some weight out of the car, brought some small upgrades to the car and it’s paying off.”

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