Miami Report: Race Day
A difficult task in the sunshine state
05 May 2024
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A frustrating Sunday here in Miami as Alex ends the weekend with a P18 finish, despite pushing as hard as possible in tricky track conditions. Let’s quickly recap how the 57-laps unfolded:
It was a clean start for Albono as lights went out at the Miami International Autodrome. Initially losing a place off the line to Ocon, Alex was shortly able to gain this back going into Turn 17 and maintain his P14.
A 10-car DRS train began to form eight laps in, with Alex right in the mix. On lap 12, our No.23 made the call to dive into the pits, swapping out his mediums for a set of hard tyres that he would run on till the final stages of the race.
It has been a weekend dominated by tyre difficulties and today was no different, with Alex voicing his concerns and struggles in finding grip on the hards during the opening 20 laps.
On lap 29, an incident involving teammate Logan Sargeant and Kevin Magnussen resulted in the only full safety car of the race. Other cars on the grid used this opportunity to benefit from a cheap pitstop, however Albono stayed out - rising to P13.
As we entered the late stages of the race, Alex was now running on the oldest tyres on the grid and having to defend against cars behind, all whilst trying to manage his deteriorating hards.
Eventually passed by Stroll and Zhou, Alex locked up at Turn 11, going into the run-off area and dropping to the back of the grid.
Now far behind, Alex boxed for softs on the final few laps, however with no DRS the fastest lap was always going to be a difficult task.
Albono and the team will now have time to reflect and recover for Imola, as we turn our attention to Round 7 in two weeks time.
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