Australian Grand Prix: Williams driver Alexander Albon disqualified from qualifying over fuel irregularity
It has been announced that Alexander Albon, who qualified 16th at the Australian Grand Prix, has been disqualified from the session after Williams failed to provide the FIA with a sufficient fuel sample from his car. The news compounds a bad day for the team, with Nicholas Latifi also crashing out in Q1 after colliding with Lance Stroll, who has since been given a three-place grid penalty.
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The incident, which led to Latifi’s spinning car hitting the barrier at high speed, led to one of two red flags during an action-packed qualifying session.
"For me, it’s quite clear. I’ve just seen the video before coming here,” he told Sky Sports following the crash. "I was preparing my out-lap, and it seems like he just turned into me once I was alongside him.
"There’s not much more to say besides that. I let him through because he was pushing, or so I was told. Then I saw he had aborted the lap, so I wanted to carry on with my own preparation lap.
Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on April 09, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia
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"I went back past him; obviously there was a big gap, and once I got past him, for whatever reason he decided to turn.”
It has since been confirmed that Stroll had been handed a three-place grid penalty as a result, although he was due to start at the back of the grid after failing to set a time in Q1 prior to the incident.
The Canadian has also had two penalty points added to his licence.