F1 2022 cars require ‘smoothness’ when driven to the limit

Albon ended the second day of racing in Barcelona on Thursday in ninth place overall as he continued to get used to his new home at Williams.

Along with the switch to 18-inch tires and a new aero package, this year’s cars feature an increased minimum weight limit of 795kg, with drivers reporting they feel heavier, especially in slower corners.

“I think these tires are quite different to use and there’s also a bit of learning to do there,” said the Thai/British driver when asked about the 2022 cars by Motorsport.com.

“The other thing I’m thinking about is the cars, they’re obviously slippery, you see them moving a bit more. So it’s a bit more finesse that you need to drive.

“I think once you’re on the limit and things are steep, you have to be a bit more precise when driving these things. So I’ll be interested to see what the cars look like when you’re going on the limit .

He added: “It almost feels like an F2 car in terms of reaction. But with the speed of the F1 corners it doesn’t feel very foreign. We’re in Barcelona which is a flowing circuit so I don’t know if that’s going to change to – I’m trying to think now – Austin? We’ll see.”

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

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Albon says he is satisfied with what he has experienced from the FW44 so far.

“It feels good, to be honest. The car seems to be in a good place to start. We have a good base for the rest of the year to start. Nothing obvious sticking out, which is always good.

“Obviously it’s a new regulation, so it’s a bit of a reset for everyone, which I think helps me a bit too. There’s still a bit of rust. But otherwise I’m And with every lap I do in the car, I feel better and better.

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Albon confirmed that, like other teams, Williams had to deal with high-speed “porpoises” on the main straight.

“Everyone has it a bit, I think some more than others. It’s there but honestly it doesn’t affect the lap time that much. So you’re kind of like, as long as it doesn’t damage the car, you can sort of deal with it.

“It’s obviously a very different car compared to previous years. And, yes, it makes Turn 1 a bit more interesting.

Like other drivers, Albon said he had already found it easier to keep up with rival cars.

“I was a few laps behind [Pierre] Gasly. Feels good, initial sensation. Obviously, I haven’t raced in a while, so it’s a bit more difficult on that side.

“But I was surprised how fast I was able to stay through Turns 2 and 3, almost under control because I was expecting worse, if that makes sense. But the initial feeling is positive.

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