Wouter wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:43 am
SF Engineer wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:31 am
I’m interested to see how Albon can get on here in his 3rd race with the team. I like what I have seen from him thus far and hope to see him finish ahead of Bottas and Vettel. I think if he can manage that it’ll go a long way toward him staying in the RB for 2020.
I am also very curious how Albon will do it here. Unfortunately, he arrived in Singapore for the very first time yesterday.
So he has never raced there either. He has absolutely no experience on this circuit where every little mistake is punished.
And as you say, it's only the third race with this team / RB15.
I agree with you that there are many reasons for him not being able to quite get there (as was the case with Pierre), but ultimately the supremely talented drivers are the ones who can get up to speed very quickly.
I have been impressed with how Albon has approached race weekends since him big shunt in China (? Perhaps it was Malaysia, I forget). He seems to use FP1 to settle in and then work on long run and short run pace thereafter - with little set-up work. This is a mature way of going about things in your first year (and as a #2 in general), but not all drivers are able to hold themselves to this. I think this should help him get there or thereabouts in quali, and improve through the race.
Anyway, with the fear of sounding repetitive, I think that from the RB brass perspective, results in these sorts of weekends will show if he is a true first their talent (and someone they want to keep long term) or an average level F1 driver (still very talented) who they will only use as a stop gap until next year.
For the same reason I believe they will dump Gasly as soon as a younger driver is ready, but that’s a different topic all together...