Alex Forced to Retire from the Canadian Grand Prix
Alexander Albon was forced to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix, following front wing damage that ultimately saw him register his first non-finish in his Formula One career at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve.
Thai driver Alex Albon was making his maiden trip to the Circuit Gilles Villenueve, having never raced at the circuit previously in his career before reaching Formula One.
Nevertheless, he learnt fast across the two Friday Free Practice sessions finishing just outside the Top 10 on both occasions.
Alex carried a solid pace in Qualifying, where he was unfortunate to baulked on his out lap - disrupting his preparations for his final run in Q2, meaning he qualifying 14th on the grid for Canadian Grand Prix.
Despite making a good start into Turn 1, Alex was unfortunate to damage his front wing after contact with the Racing Point of Sergio Perez. This forced the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver to pit for a replacement front wing and dropped him to the back of the pack.
Alex rejoined the race and was able to recover positions despite his early setback, however the damage ultimately saw him forced to retire the car on Lap 59 and end his Canadian Grand Prix.
Alexander Albon (Car 23):
"It was a tough race today, we had some front wing damage at the start which pretty much put an end to my race. Maybe I could have braked later in the corner and Perez could have gone on the inside, but it is what it is.
After that to be honest, the pace wasn’t so strong, so we need to have a look at that. I’ve been struggling a bit on the long runs this weekend, so we have some work to do to understand why."
Formula One heads back to Europe for the next round of the championship at Le Castellet, France, on the 21-23rd June at Paul Ricard for Round 8 of the 2019 Formula One World Championship.