Williams reveals 'huge' damage to Albon's floor in F1 Miami GP – Motorsport Week

Williams has revealed that Alex Albon suffered “major” damage to his floor at Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix when he drove over the bollard hit by Max Verstappen.

The Grove-based outfit's challenging start to the season continued last weekend as Albon finished in 18th place while Logan Sargeant retired after a collision.

However, Williams team boss James Vowles revealed that Albon had suffered damage from lap 50 to the end, estimated to have cost him around a second per lap.

“On lap 50, Alex hit the same bollard as Verstappen, collapsed and the damage was huge,” Vowles said in Williams' Miami GP debriefing video.

“We didn't know immediately how much it was, but just one lap later we realized how much it was.

“It was about a lap time performance of about a second, just to give everyone an idea.”

Alexander Albon (THA) Williams Racing. May 3, 2024. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Miami Grand Prix, Miami, Florida, USA, Sprint Qualification Day.

This later contributed to Albon locking up and overshooting at Turn 11 with just five laps to go, causing him to fall backwards as he pitted for new tires.

Vowles explained that the large amount of ground damage played a large role in this mistake from Albon, as he lost a significant amount of downforce, which affected his braking.

“That meant when he hit the brakes [Turn] 11 there was no downforce to stop the car. He blocked, lost all those positions and walked away,” he added.

Sargeant's collision with Kevin Magnussen, which saw the Haas driver penalized, ensured the American was the only driver not to take the checkered flag.

Esteban Ocon's tenth place gave the struggling Alpine team a crucial point, meaning Williams and Sauber are the two teams still waiting for a goal in 2024.

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