Albon disagrees with current F1 label

Williams’ Alex Albon has denied that Formula 1 is currently “boring” amid Max Verstappen’s run of dominance.

The Dutchman has won 81 per cent of races since the start of the 2022 season, when new technical regulations lifted Red Bull ahead of the competition.

Verstappen cruised to his second and third F1 championships in 2022 and 2023 respectively and has enjoyed a similarly dominant start to the current campaign.

The Red Bull driver was unchallenged en route to pole position and victory in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

However, Albon has called on F1 to look beyond Verstappen’s success to realise how close the field is competiting.

“Q1 [in Bahrain] was just over a second covering the whole field,” Albon told the Beyond the Grid podcast. “Now, it’s more like you make a little mistake and you think ‘that’s two positions’.

“That’s where F1 is going. In some ways, it’s a bit of a shame to see comments about Max and it being a boring season, because it’s totally not that.”

Albon highlights ‘tightest ever’ F1 field

In years gone by, the field was traditionally split into the front-runners, midfield pack and backmarkers.

However, the pack has converged in recent seasons in what Albon has described as the “tightest field” in F1 history.

“At least from my perspective, because you take him out of the equation, you have one of the best grids, the best field, the tightest grids, ever in Formula 1,” he said.

“Even if you include Max, it’s still the tightest field in Formula 1.

“It’s hard, because it’s the leader so everyone focuses on the leader. But the racing at the back, it’s so intense.

“We pitted two laps too late in Bahrain during the race and we lost six positions. We went from 11th and finished 15th. So it’s tight.”


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