He says there is an opportunity to take a step back while helping Max FerstappenA successful title campaign has given him a “global view” of what it takes to succeed, and has put him in a stronger position when he returns to the net with Williams.
Once dropped Red Bull RaceElbon spent last season racing in the DTM, and also worked on RBR 2021 and 2022 F1 cars in the Milton Keynes simulator.
On Tuesday, he tasted the new Williams FW44 for the first time during a search in wet Silverstone.
“It seems to me that this year I had a slightly more global view of what it takes to be a top-level driver, in the sense that I had the full picture of it,” he said.
“Sometimes when you’re in a racing weekend, when you’re in that zone, you only see the racetrack, and it’s like your year.
“Last year for me it was a completely different role, it was a lot in the development of the car, about seeing how the team works, in order to best perform its role in development.
“And I feel like there’s a lot of experience out there, learning the ways the Formula One team operates.
“I can definitely use this and bring it to Williams. And at the same time there are things I’ve spent over the past year pondering and thinking, how can I do better? And it’s not just one thing. That’s a lot of little things I’m obviously working on this year. I still need to drive to work on them. “
Alex Albon, Williams FW44
Albon worked on the RB18 2022 project even after signing a contract with Williams. However, while he felt the new car in the simulator, he says he didn’t know what it might actually look like, which could be helpful for his new team.
“I know more or less what the car feels like,” he told Motorsport.com. “But it’s always hard to compare because the simulators themselves are different, the way they work, the way they feel in terms of movement, is very different.
“Obviously you can feel things. But to really act on them, you need a little time, you need a little experience.
“Of course I’ll use everything I know. At the same time, and I’m not an aerodynamicist, I don’t know what the rear wing looks like on the RB18 or anything like that. I just know the feel of it.
“The simulator is pretty simple. You have two wheels on the front and you are inside the monocoque. Yes, in that sense it is difficult.
“But I think I’ll cite to Williams just how they work and how they do their business, most of all.
“And, of course, in addition, cars have the characteristics they possess, even if the rules change the same as from last year to this one.
“They always try to keep their little subtleties in cars, that’s a perfectly normal thing to do. And I think I have a good sense of why the Red Bull car was fast and I know how they used the time to circle out of the car.
“And at the same time, I know why Williams has been fast in some places, and I see these things being sorted out.
“So it’s just some balance of trying to use that knowledge that I have to try to make us more competitive.”