Alexander Albon is happy with how his Red Bull auto is handling at this weekend's British Grand Prix despite crashing out of second practice.
Alexander Albon finished second, but his afternoon ended in the barriers after he lost control of his Red Bull through the right-handed Stowe corner.
Stroll topped the times and showed the full potential of his team's 2020 vehicle, modelled on the 2019 title-winning Mercedes, as he outpaced Albon, who crashed heavily during the session, by less than a tenth of a second.
Reflecting on his crash, Albon said: "Yeah, we'll have to look at it. I'm sure the Mercs are hiding quite a lot, but as a auto mine feels well balanced".
"He's certainly being thrown in at the deep end, but he's a fast learner and I'm sure he will get up to speed quickly". "We'll have a look at the data and see".
The six-time world champion and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who have won all three season-opening races this year, had to settle for fifth and third respectively as Stroll set the pace in his controversial "pink Mercedes" ahead of Alex Albon's Red Bull.
"We've definitely made a step as a team". "We expected worse coming into today but the auto feels good and it was hooked up straight away from the first lap in FP1". We expected worse, to be honest coming into Friday but the vehicle was hooked up straight away the first time we drove it in FP1.
"Obviously I'm pretty sure the Mercedes are hiding a lot so we'll be watching them tomorrow but otherwise on our side the auto feels more balanced and I think we have a better understanding of it".
A auto failure prevented Sebastian Vettel from completing any running on Friday morning, and, despite returning to the track for the second session, the four-time world champion could manage only 18th of the 20 runners, 1.58 seconds off the front. Today the weather and wind is much different to what we'll get tomorrow so it will be a bit of a reset starting then.
Max Verstappen said that Red Bull's RB16 "felt better" after the troubled auto was updated with a few new aero parts, but a botched lap ruined the Dutchman's best effort in FP2.
"The balance of my vehicle is not as good as I would like so we have some work to do tonight".
"There are of course still things that we can improve and on a Friday you don't know what the others are doing". We will keep working but overall the auto looked and felt better today. "Obviously I say that - I still put it in the wall - but there are a lot of positives".