Williams completed the 2022 season on the backside of the constructors’ championship and whereas Albon feels the workforce has made progress in comparison with final yr, he nonetheless thinks its new FW45 would be the slowest automotive on the grid for the 2023 season opener.
“I am probably a little bit bit extra pessimistic than optimistic, so I do suppose, at the very least from the preliminary seems at testing, we’re the tenth quickest workforce,” Albon stated on Thursday.
Albon is banking on Williams’ stable wanting reliability to select up factors in what’s shaping up as a particularly aggressive midfield battle.
“It’s a must to be lifelike, we undoubtedly have made a greater automotive however by way of tempo everybody has, so it is all relative,” he defined.
“We’ll actually need to hope for an opportunity for factors, it is not going to be a simple one, and there is undoubtedly one thing has to occur for that to occur.
“After I have a look at testing, we have been very dependable so being the primary race of the yr, there’s all the time a little bit of reliability issues and hopefully, we will make the most of that.
“However by way of pure tempo, there’s plenty of groups on the market that make massive steps. [Compared to] our direct rivals, probably AlphaTauri and McLaren, I nonetheless suppose we’re a little bit bit behind.
Alex Albon, Williams Racing
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Williams has gone by one other winter of change, with workforce boss Jost Capito and his trusted technical director FX Demaison amongst they key individuals leaving the Grove workforce after a single season.
Former Mercedes technique director James Vowles has are available to switch Capito and stated he would take his time to establish a brand new technical director and implement a recent technical construction.
Albon says he “desires to see progress made” on the technical aspect so as to tackle the FW45’s key weaknesses, together with its low-speed deficit.
“We’re clearly nonetheless and not using a technical director, however we have to see progress within the areas the place we do really feel restricted driving clever,” he added.
“And if we see the progress, and we’re clearly heading the precise path. We have now already performed a step, however we nonetheless must see extra of that.”