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Alexander Albon

Albon makes Williams claim over Las Vegas

The Williams driver expects the mix of cold temperatures and long straights at the Las Vegas street circuit will play to the strengths of the FW45.

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Williams driver Alex Albon believes the cold conditions at the Las Vegas Grand Prix should favour his team.

Most of the sessions are set to take place late at night, with qualifying taking place at midnight and the race at 22:00 local time.

Temperatures are expected to be between five and 10 degrees centigrade, which Albon expects will play to the strengths of the FW45 alongside the long straights.

"The stars should hopefully align," he told media, including RacingNews365.

"It's a track that should suit us in terms of its layout, but it should also suit us in terms of its temperatures.

"Qualifying is going to be a real big interest for everyone to try to get tyres to work in that temperature.

"That really won't be easy, but that suits us much more."

Albon expects there will be a lot of overtaking opportunities due to the nature of the layout, which enables drivers to stay close onto the long 800m straights.

"The straights are absolutely massive," he explained.

"In Vegas, especially coming out of the last corner into Turn 1, it's a corner that's not that hard to say close.

"I think you'll get quite a lot of overtaking on this track. I hope it's not too easy, but I don't think so."

Albon: We need to maximise everything

Williams is currently in a battle with AlphaTauri for seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with them separated by seven points heading into the final two races.

Albon believes they must take inspiration from their recent performance in Mexico, to maximise their chances in the final two races of the season.

"We still have a competitive car, even if it's a little bit old," said Albon.

"Mexico is a really good example of what we need to do for the rest of the year, we need to take advantage of opportunities when they come.

"I felt like in Mexico, we executed everything as well as we could have done to the point where we only missed out by two points instead of six.

"Races like that is basically what has made our season so far."

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