Williams‘ Alex Albon secured 10th place in Bahrain, earning Williams their first points in the opening round of a season since 2017. Albon’s prediction of Williams’ predicted pace was contradicted, as the FW45 showed unexpected speed throughout the race. Meanwhile, his fellow Williams teammate, Jake Sargeant, finished in 12th place in his debut. Sargent believed Williams‘ chances will improve on the Jeddah street circuit with the help of their low-drag aero car concept that helps them perform in a straight line. Despite this, Sargent acknowledged the uncertainty of the race due to other teams’ increased performance on the track.
Sargent’s attention now shifts to memorizing the race procedure and making it “second nature” to avoid taking mental capacity from the task at hand. He credits the experience, saying “But I think having done it all once and gone through all the procedures, it’s already becoming more and more natural.”
Describing Williams‘ performance in the first race, Sargent said: “From a team perspective, I don’t think we were quite expecting to have that level of performance. So that was definitely really positive. I think from my personal side, there was really no expectation. I learned a lot through the weekend. I not only showed myself that I had the pace but got through a lot of operational stuff in terms of my first race start, pitstops, tyre management.”