Making an attempt to tee up a transfer on Stroll in direction of the top of the race in Jeddah into Flip 1, Albon dived down the within of the Aston Martin driver in a bid to maneuver as much as eleventh place at first of the forty eighth lap.
However Albon, who had not been capable of get totally alongside Stroll into the nook, speared into the Canadian driver’s sidepod along with his right-front tyre which was then taken off its rim by Stroll’s automotive, to depart the Anglo-Thai driver out of the race.
Stroll was therefore tapped right into a spin at Flip 2, however was capable of get again on observe and full the race – albeit final and a lap down on winner Max Verstappen.
Because of this, Albon was deemed to be at fault for the incident and as such has been handed the aforementioned three-place penalty on the grid for the following race at Albert Park.
The FIA stewards’ doc learn: “The Stewards heard from the motive force of Automobile 23 (Alexander Albon), the motive force of automotive 18 (Lance Stroll), group representatives and examined video proof in relation to the collision.
“Automobile 23 was making an attempt to overhaul Automobile 18 on the within by braking late. In executing the overtaking manoeuvre, Automobile 23 locked up and collided with Automobile 18 on the apex of the nook. We decided that Automobile 23 was wholly or predominantly responsible for the collision.”
Alex Albon, Williams FW44, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, collide
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Albon has additionally been handed two penalty factors on his superlicense, which was beforehand clear owing to his season away from F1.
Though labeled having accomplished over 90% of the Saudi Arabian GP’s 50-lap distance, Albon was the second Williams to not full the race after his teammate Nicholas Latifi produced the security automotive following his lap 15 crash.
Williams and Aston Martin are the one two groups but to attain some extent in 2022, following McLaren and Pink Bull each troubling the scorers after lacking out on the Bahrain season-opener.