Alex Albon has admitted that Williams is feeling pressure from AlphaTauri, as they have continued to perform well in recent races. AlphaTauri spent most of the F1 season at the foot of the constructors’ championship, but they have picked up 16 points in the last three weeks of Grands Prix, moving them up to eighth in the standings.
They currently sit just seven points behind Williams, who are aiming for a top-seven finish in the constructors’ championship for the first time since 2017. Red Bull’s sister team implemented multiple upgrades during the season, with the last update coming at last month’s American Grand Prix. When asked if Williams felt pressure from AlphaTauri, Albon told the media: “We’re still doing our thing and just focusing on getting through the weekend, which we always do. “Obviously, they’ve definitely stepped up in the last few races. “They are becoming more and more of a threat, not only for us, but also for Alpine and the midfield. “So it was difficult to get past them. Of course there are two races left, but the difference is seven points.” Las Vegas This weekend marks a step into the unknown for all teams as the strip circuit makes its F1 debut. However, the circuit’s layout, with long straights forming the final sector of the track, appears to suit Williams’ FW45 challenger. Albon is hopeful that Williams’ car will be better suited to the characteristics of Las Vegas than recent circuits and that that could help them stay ahead of AlphaTauri. “We’re going into this weekend with a more competitive car than in Mexico or Brazil,” Albon said. “We’ll see how it goes. But it’s going to be a battle of attrition and we have to do everything we can because I think they’re a little faster than us.”