Britain Report: P9 at Silverstone
Joint-best result of 2024 secured
07 Jul 2024
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Alex matched his best result of the season during a wild British Grand Prix that saw our No23 keep his head in challenging conditions.
At the start, the No23 showed lightning reactions not to pick up more damage as he avoided an Aston Martin and a Haas at T3 as they returned to the circuit.
That said, some aero damage was reported and he dropped to P12 as a result.
He had Yuki Tsunoda firmly in his sights when the first cell of rain arrived overhead around Lap 20.
Some opted for intermediates at this point, but Alex was not in that group and kept himself in the fight for points.
Paw-powered points:
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By Lap 27, the rain had intensified. Williams double-stacked their drivers, with Alex leading Logan in and returning to the track where he left it in P11.
Rain was falling, but the circuit wasn’t getting tremendously wet so managing the inters until the weather eased was crucial.
Alex ticked into the points when his good mate, George Russell, fell foul of a mechanical issue and was forced to retire on Lap 34.
Four laps later, the crossover had arrived and Alex once again led his teammate in for a double-stack, fitting the mediums to take to the flag.
When DRS was enabled, Alex started to hassle Tsunoda once again and after a few laps of trying, he made it stick,
Pressed right up against the grass at Stowe, he kept his foot to the floor and was later on the brakes to make it past - a contender for another Overtake of the Month award, perhaps?
He settled into the final few laps to bring his FW46 home in P9, his joint-best result of the season and a happy ending to what had been a tough triple-header.
"We made contact in Turn 3 and more in Turn 4, also losing a chunk of the front wing, so I was a bit worried at the beginning," Alex shared after the race.
"After that, everything mostly fell into place, and I was happy. I knew the rain would come and there would be a second chance, so I just had to stay patient and wait for the opportunities to arise.
"We made the right calls for the most part, boxing at the right time for the right tyres. We did lose some time on the pit stops and I think without the damage, we could’ve scored more points, but I’m still happy.
"It’s a weekend where we really needed to deliver for the team, so to do it at our home Grand Prix always makes it more special."
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