It was a usually well mannered gesture from one of many paddock’s nicest individuals who has typically been reminded that ‘Good Guys Do not Win’.
Albon had struggled to match the tempo of his Crimson Bull team-mate Max Verstappen within the early months of this coronavirus-hit season and a few critics – together with six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton — questioned his means and worth to the crew.
However within the first Tuscan Grand Prix, after Verstappen was eradicated in a gap lap crash, the London-born Thai driver rose to the problem and got here residence third behind the Mercedes pair championship chief Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
A collection of sweeping overtaking strikes and a few good aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing proved he had the expertise and the willpower to succeed.
“I feel I get my elbows out on the circuit and I am good off it,” mentioned Albon. “I feel that is the very best mixture is not it? I am good beneath!”
He mentioned he felt very pleased to have lifted the stress on himself.
“It was good,” he mentioned. “Clearly, it’s been some time to get right here, nevertheless it was a troublesome one. I needed to work for it.
“I’m pleased and I can breathe. It’s good to be right here. It was brutal, particularly the excessive velocity in sector two. It’s extra adrenaline entering into my physique than anything. I’m very pleased.
“Firstly, we could not get off the road so most of my overtakes needed to be on circuit. We will do strikes like that right here and it’s enjoyable to drive.”
Crimson Bull crew boss Christian Horner beamed with pleasure at seeing his religion in Albon rewarded.
“I’m actually happy for him,” he mentioned.
“He has bounced again the final couple weekends. He has been getting stronger and stronger and he needed to actually combat for it.
“The begins have been fairly horrible, however he responded and did very effectively. He’s ‘Mr Around the Exterior’ – his placement of the automobile is admittedly excellent. Daniel (Ricciardo) is a tough man to move.”
Horner disagreed when requested if Albon’s pleasant temperament held him again.
“It’s a drawback that he’s too good,” he mentioned. “However when he places the helmet on there’s a actual racer.
“It’s totally different considering you are able to do it to realizing it. This podium for him will give him a lift of confidence. I feel he’ll construct from right here properly.”