After 29 grands prix in Formula 1, Alexander Albon achieved his first podium in Formula 1. After several weekends, where he could not beat his teammate, Max Verstappen, the Thai driver was able to climb the top three, and put a cushion on his future within the Red Bull team. In addition, Albon commented on what his feelings were after the first podium of his career.
Albon’s future within the Red Bull team was beginning to be in doubt, especially after Pierre Gasly’s victory at the Monza Grand Prix. The Thai could not beat Verstappen in the race and felt increasingly relegated to the team. In recent days, Helmut Marko had dismissed the possibility of firing Albon from the first team.
«I am very happy and it took me a while to get here! It’s something I’ve always wanted and one way or another we haven’t been able to get it, so being there today is very special, “said Albon after the race at Mugello.” I knew I had to be aggressive to do all the overtaking, but we had to a really good car, “he added.
On the other hand, the Thai confessed how hard the last weeks were after the rumors. “It took me a bit to get here, but honestly, it was also a really tough race. We had to fight it a lot. But I’m really happy and I feel like I can breathe, it feels great to be here.
The boss’s greeting
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner commented on his thoughts after the race. While he commented that after Verstappen left, he had a bad taste in his mouth, he said: “It’s great to see Alex get his first F1 podium. All credit to him because he has not let negativity or outside criticism put him off, he has recovered and put on a first-class performance, ”said Horner.