Albon: I’d make the same move on Hamilton again RaceFans – RaceFans

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Alexander Albon says he has no regrets about the overtaking move he attempted on Lewis Hamilton in the Austrian Grand Prix which led to the two colliding.

We didnt speak afterwards, said Albon in todays FIA press conference. There wasnt too much for me to say, I think, it is what it is.

Im sure Lewis didnt intend to make contact. But not too much to say, really, were just focused straight away into race two.

Albon insisted he wasnt at fault for the collision. The way the corner is, the exit point of where you take that corner is not where it looks like, he said.

A certain camera angle, where I saw people saying theres a car length to go still, you dont exit at that point, the exit points a lot later into the corner just because turn four is quite long. So unless I kind of drove up to the edges of track and then turned again, thats the only real way to give myself more space.

The Red Bull driver said he wouldnt hesitate to attempt a similar move in the future. Id do the same thing again, he said. It has to be done.

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You cant wait around, especially when theyre at a tyre disadvantage. Theres no waiting to be done, really, because obviously we knew they had a pace advantage and it was just a matter of time until the front tyres warmed up. So theres no real regret to that.

Despite his penalty for the incident, Hamilton still finish the race in fourth place, while Albon dropped out of the points and later retired.

At the very beginning its a bit frustrating because youre the one to lose out in the situation, Albon added. But I think just to make it fair, the way its ruled is that they want all the penalties to apply the same way, so no matter what the crash or consequences. Im kind of happy that that is the situation.

Of course it just means that we lost out a bit more than we would have liked.

Albons team mate Max Verstappen also believes Hamilton didnt deliberately cause the collision.

It was just thats unfortunate that happened, said Verstappen. I think it was a great move for Alex you go around the outside there, I think not many people do that.

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