Alex Albon had two high-profile collisions with Lewis Hamilton while he was driving for Red Bull. The young driver says he “would never blame Lewis” for his career taking a turn for the worse afterwards.
Alex Albon’s Formula 1 career was abruptly put on hold back in 2020, when Red Bull decided to remove him from his spot with the team in the middle of the season.
His performance with Red Bull was widely criticised, but on two occasions when he had an opportunity to score a win or a podium position, he had two unfortunate collisions with Lewis Hamilton.
One such incident happened at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2019, while the other happened a year later in Austria. Afterwards some have suggested these incidents robbed Alex of his best chances to impress Red Bull and save his career.
While speaking on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Albon was asked about this, and he said he doesn’t hold any grudges against Lewis.
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“I would never, never blame Lewis for what’s happened to me,” he said.
“It’s all on me. It’s just one of those things. He apologised and honestly, I look at the Brazil one and think I could have done my part in avoiding a crash in some places.
“I always look at crashes between drivers and it’s never 100-0, there’s always a little bit of give and take in most of these incidents.
“The Austria one, though, I do think is his fault, for the record,” Albon concluded jokingly.
Alex’s story has a happy ending, though, as he returned to F1 in 2022, replacing his friend George Russell at Williams.