Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Red Bull: "Too nice" Albon will take strength from podium

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It was for the first time since the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix that none of the three teams featured on the podium, and it was the first win since the 2013 Australian GP - a memorable one for Raikkonen in a Lotus - for a team other than Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.

"There isn't much more to say but it is just really disappointing for the Team that we had to retire again, especially when we looked so competitive but it is of course good to see Alex maximize the result and get on the podium".

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner beamed with pleasure at seeing his faith in Albon rewarded. "It's really good to get a podium, just to show that I can do it", he added to Sky Sports television.

Albon finished third at the Tuscan Grand Prix, passing Ricciardo around the outside of Turn 1 several laps after the second race restart. But with Gasly, and team-mate Max Verstappen, crashing out early at Mugello, Albon shone. "But when he puts the helmet on there is a real racer". It was the first podium of Gasly's career, and the 18 points moved him up to sixth place in the drivers' standings ahead of - of all people - Albon.

Horner said that Albon had won over the team with the detail he offers about the auto. This time, Sainz was not lucky enough, and later he said "By the time I saw everything it was too late - it was a big crash".

"It is a disadvantage that he is too nice", he said.

"We have some issues we are working on with the auto, I think that it wouldn't make sense to switch the drivers back".

Reaction from Alex Albon on his maiden F1 Podium at the Tuscan GP. So if we were running side by side, I'm not gonna kind of ruin my race to try and keep in front of him, but it was pretty clean, I had a good margin on him. I am very happy.

"I'm somewhere in the middle, I'm bouncing from happy and fulfilled to a little bit sad", he said when asked how he felt after losing third.

A superb move around the outside of the Renault around Turn One would follow, although Albon - who has had two race-altering collisions with Hamilton in previous podium battles - admitted he was nervous. I had a good launch at the start of the race and went around Lewis but then the auto just didn't accelerate so I lost a lot of speed and had no power.

"All those restarts, the focus that's needed during that time, it's really, really hard", he said.

"I was hoping to hold on for more than a lap, but that wasn't the case, but then I was obviously trying to tag onto him, and not make myself vulnerable to Albon".

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