Red Bull’s Alex Albon owned up to the “silly mistake” that put a premature end to his FP2 session at the Mexican Grand Prix on Friday.
Albon positioned his car too far to the right on the entry to Turn 7 and lost control, his RB15 sliding into the barrier on the exit and severely damaging its right-hand front corner.
The mishap deprived the British-Thai racer of valuable track time, a setback for the 23-year-old who is racing in Mexico City for the very first time.
“I just went a bit wide on the kerbs and lost the rear,” he explained. “Once these cars snap, they snap quickly and that was that. It was a silly mistake and I paid the price.
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“We missed a good chunk of long-running data as well, so it won’t be easy. I think we’ll have to change the run plan for tomorrow in FP3, and then try and find a good solution for qualifying.
“FP3 will be about rebuilding confidence and getting back into a rhythm but the conditions might be different with rain which could make things interesting.”