Albon, that had not driven an F1 car until last monthor two rsquo;s shakedown, qualified 13th in Melbourne, ahead of experienced team mate Daniel Kvyat.

He finished 14th in the race, having suffered from brake overheating problems in early stages.

Even though he had been well outside the points, the team was so delighted about the way he handled his very first weekend.

“At the start of the race he had to deal with his brakes for a little while, but he bounced back from that. He also learned a lot in terms of tyre management, and the way to run the race.

He’s done a tidy job and given a good account of himself, and as powerful as several of the other rookies.

“He’s good, he’so methodical, he& she & rsquo;s maybe not emotional, and he’s learning quickly. I’m convinced we can keep on with this trajectory. He knows Bahrain, so that I expect another measure . ”

Toro Rosso team chief Franz Tost was delighted with the newcomer’so progress.

“He nearly managed ahead into Q 3, because he had been just a few hundredths behind. From the race he left a very good start, and needed a good first semester with an possibility .

“He drove the race without any mistakes, also this ’s very promising to the upcoming races. ”

Albon himself stated that the biggest lesson he learned in Australia was hard to shove on the tyres, particularly when fighting with other cars.

“In f-2 maybe you’re driving at 90 percent in a race to conserve the tyres, in f 1 it’s more like 95 percent, which means you can push a bit more,” he explained.

“The thing is, even when you’r e following cars, it’s very bad, the tyres… therefore combating is quite difficult, and you’ll & ’t spend two or more laps in a row really without overheating them.

“Following cars is obviously better than I expected, and I guess part of the was probably due to the regulations. But it’s not easy to overtake.

“I think Melbourne is clearly not the simplest case for it. But it’s more, like I said, when you’re fighting other cars, simply maintaining your tyres and keeping them trendy, it’s quite tough to complete. ”

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL34, leads Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso STR14

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL34, contributes Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso STR14


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