Alexander Albon says he could have won the Austrian Grand Prix had he not tangled with Lewis Hamilton while overtaking the Mercedes driver for second place.
“I really felt like we could have won that race,” Albon told Sky. “Of course, I think Mercedes had the outright pace today, but the guys did a great job with strategy.
“Honestly, when I did the pit stop, I thought, ‘where are we on track?’ I didn’t really know what was going on.”
After the last Safety Car period Albon was in third behind the Mercedes pair with a clear shot at passing both of them.
“As soon as it all played out, it looked really strong first. I knew basically that they were on the hard tyres and the first five laps was when I was going to do the overtakes. I was confident the car was feeling good at that stage of the race.”
Albon compared the collision between the pair to their tangle in last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, which occured in similar circumstances.
The stewards held Hamilton responsible for the collision, giving him two penalty points on his licence.
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