With 1.5 laps to go, it looks like Alexander Albon will be the man of the race in Brazil and his first podium finish in Formula Could pick 1. But the dream came to a sudden when Lewis Hamilton turned him into Turn 10. Although the Briton received a five-second penalty, Albon lost second place, "That's a shame," argues the Thai, who ended up with no points. Albon had not expected in this curve with an attack by the Mercedes driver, because the distance in the rearview mirror seemed too large. "But then I realized that he tried, but I did not feel that he had completely decided," he explains.
"He certainly did not do it on purpose." At some point, however, he could not see Hamilton because he was in the dead corner. "You leave some space, but you do not know exactly where he is, just give in and hope no one is there," Albon says. But Hamilton was there and there was a collision. Albon fell back to last place, Hamilton finished in third place and apologized to the Red Bull pilot. He accepts the apology: "That's fine, he certainly did not do it on purpose, I'm not mad on Lewis, "says Albon. He sees it as a race incident and wants to focus on Abu Dhabi now. "And to be honest, I think he would've overtaken me anyway in Turn 1. He had the fresher tires and looked aggressive." Red Bull boss pities Youngster AlbonThen Albon still has third place and his had first podium place in Formula 1. However, the rookie went out empty. "For Alex, I'm just incredibly sorry," says Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. He consoled his protege and told him that his time will come. "He did not get the trophy today, but he can be proud of the performance," he praises. Alban himself tries to see the race in Brazil as positive. "Basically, we did it on our own, and we did not put ourselves in that position with too much luck," he says. Although he knows that the safety car phase helped by the absence of Valtteri Bottas, but then he sat down in a direct duel with Sebastian Vettel tough. Team boss Horner was enthusiastic: "He showed maneuvers against very experienced world champions – that was fantastic, the maneuver against Seb, and how he drives Rad-to-Rad: You can see that he is not intimidated, that's great to see, "says Horner. He is sure: "His time will come." That's the way Albon thinks. "I think we deserved the podium today," he says. "It was not meant to be, then at the next race!"