Alex: “We're still doing our own thing”

Published on
16 Nov 2023
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Find out what Alex Albon had to say on the Constructors’ Championship battle in Wednesday's FIA pre-race press conference

Alex Albon was our racer in the FIA press conference ahead of the first-ever Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Our number 23 reflected back on his time at The Netflix Cup, the battle for P7 in the Constructors' Championship and how he will deal with jetlag across this double-header.
Here is what Alex had to say in front of the media.

On his Netflix Cup golfing experience, and how slippery it was.

Yeah, I did embarrass myself! I enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun. I was up against Pierre, and he almost took someone's head off… he still won!
But I had a lot of fun, and it was different. I practised the day before, and it didn't go well at all, and you don't want to embarrass yourself on TV.
At the same time, you just know you're on TV being watched by so many people. It was a different kind of feeling. But yeah, shaky legs.

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On his respect for pro Golfers going up.

It has, definitely. My girlfriend plays as well so I do know what it's like, in some ways. But being in front of people, being surrounded by fans was the scariest thing, because I think they're a bit more in control than we are.
It was quite funny because when the pros were about to hit, you could see the people watching around us were quite relaxed. And then as soon as we stepped up to the tee box, everyone was just getting ready to jump down.

On the Constructors’ Championship battle.

We're still doing our own thing and the focus is always just to execute the weekend that we're doing.
Obviously, these guys [AlphaTauri] have definitely stepped up their game over the last few races and they're becoming more and more of a threat. Not just for us, but even to the
Alpines and to the midfield, so it's been difficult to fend them off.
We've got two races left with a seven-point difference. We're going into this weekend with, we hope, a more competitive car than we've had in Mexico and Brazil, so let's see.
It is going to be a battle of attrition and just about executing everything we can because, I think on paper, they are a little bit quicker than us.
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On dealing with jet lag over this double-header.

It's not easy. There’s a lot of interest here, so we tend to be a little bit busier than most other race weekends.
I do struggle [with sleep] a little bit. It will be interesting next year, though. Next year is going to be really tough because I think we have Vegas, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
We already saw how difficult Qatar was physically this year and we're going to be jumping the time zone and driving around there. It’ll be tough.
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