The “first” start in the Formula 1 field led to Brazil’s crash

The “first” start in the Formula 1 field led to Brazil’s crash

Albon was determined to quickly pass the Haas drivers, who were directly ahead of him on the grid, because he expected them to be slow in the race.

After making a good start, Albon was trying to pass Hulkenberg on the right when the German found himself pinned down by Magnussen on his left, and contact was made.

Albon and Magnussen were immediately eliminated, but Hulkenberg was able to continue, and his car underwent repairs under the red flag that quickly followed.

The accident also caused damage to Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo, forcing the Australians to take a second lap.

Albon said when asked by Motorsport.com about the accident: “In the last three races, that is, in Mexico, the sprint race yesterday and today, we were in first place at the start.”

“We’ve had very good starts, three in a row now. Sometimes it works for you, like in Mexico. Sometimes it works against you, like here today.

“Very frustrating. I don’t think I could have done anything different. I was as right as I could have been. I think the Haas on the left was probably in shock, and I overtook a little bit, and I put pressure on the middle Haas, and that was it. I mean that “This is happening, it’s unfortunate.”

Photography: Andy Hone/Motorsport Images

Frame from collision between Alex Albon, Williams FW45, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, bounces between Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23

Albon admitted that overtaking Hulkenberg and Magnussen would be key to his race.

“I’m more disappointed about a good start gone to waste,” he said. “They were going to be the support, they were the pass makers, and if I could get past them early in the race, we would have had a good chance of scoring points.

“It was only 100 metres, but at 100 meters it looked like it was going in the right direction.”

When asked if he could make it into the top 10, Albon said: “You never know. But more important than scoring points, is making sure other people don’t score points. So if I wasn’t going to score points, I would do it.” The right people will stick around.”

Hulkenberg compared the incident to one that took place in Qatar last month, which saw a clash with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.

“Well, I think they both felt attracted to me, and wanted to come over and kiss me,” he joked about Magnussen and Albon. “And they got a kiss. I guess they’ll never come again!”

“To be honest, it’s very similar to Qatar, it was a bit of a previous experience for me, but it all happened so fast. Alex is on my right, and Kevin comes in when the corner goes left, so I think he pushed it a little too hard.” Price in the end.

“There was minor damage to my car, which I was able to repair at the red flag. But it was unfortunate that we lost the new set of softs, which would have been very useful today, because the softs were definitely by far the best.” “Best frame. So yeah, it wasn’t great.”

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Magnussen admitted his early retirement was all the more disappointing because it came a week after his huge crash in Mexico, which was caused by a suspension failure.

“I had a good start. I had a good feeling for the car, the soft tyre, on the left of the grid. I was telling my engineers it could be good, because I had a really positive feeling,” the Dane said. In the car.

“So it’s typical and unlucky. I’ve hit the wall twice now, through no fault of my own. It’s a bit frustrating.”

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