(Motorsport-Total.com) – Alexander Albon’s weekend did not start well with his training crash on Friday, but in the end the Thai was able to celebrate a conciliatory end with third place in the race in Bahrain and together with Max Verstappen for the first double podium for Purple Bull since Suzuka 2017.

Max Verstappen, Alexander Albon

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“From my side it was a good race,” says Albon. “We had a good delivery, and from then on it was basically about benefiting from others. I didn’t quite have the hotfoot to Sergio to overtake, but we were just behind it and waited for something to happen – and it did. Third place was a good result. “

The Thai is also aware that he was only able to get his second Formula 1 podium because Perez was ahead of him shortly before the end suffered a defect in his car and retired. “He also had a great race, so I’m not entirely satisfied, “he says.” I would say I’m too 95 Percent satisfied. “

Because in general, Albon thought his race was okay:” It’s just small things, a little fine-tuning. I know I had a couple of tire degradation issues. It was quite difficult to push on the medium tire in the second stint, “said the Purple Bull driver.” Of course I want to be better. I want to be faster and fight for podium places more often. “

Team boss Christian Horner also attests that his protégé had a good race. Although he is aware that Albon has benefited from Perez’s bad luck, that’s exactly what he did you have to see him too. Albon fought his way back after the accident on Friday and was there when it mattered. “Today was a good trace for Alex.”

See that but not all like that. Teammate Max Verstappen is happy that Albon was able to take a podium, but after the race he finds clearly critical words: “I don’t think it’s a particularly outstanding performance when you 30 or 40 You are driving seconds behind your team-mate “, he teases.” Too bad for ‘Checo’, because he drove a very strong race. “

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But what became means for the second Purple Bull Cockpit 2021? Did Albon save himself again after the place seemed to go to another driver? “We won’t make a decision until after the last race,” stressed Horner. “We give Alex every opportunity. We want him to be successful. Days like today help him, but there are still two races to come.”

Interesting: After the race, Horner especially praised Perez for his ride. “Sergio is doing the best possible job to make sure he stays in consideration. Alex was lucky enough to be on the podium today.”

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