Alex Albon says 2023 has to go down as his “strongest year in Formula 1” after helping Williams earn its highest finish in the constructors’ championship for six years.

Albon played a crucial role in Williams’ bid to fend off a late-season surge from AlphaTauri to claim seventh in the overall standings.

In his second year with the team, Albon scored all but one of Williams’ 28-point haul, with a best finish of seventh in Canada and Italy.

Williams scored more three times as many points as they did last year, despite the team shifting focus to developing its 2024 car after the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

“I’m very proud of my performance,” said Albon, as quoted but RaceFans. “I’m not the most arrogant person, I would say, but I will give myself credit.

“I feel like I’ve had a very strong season. I felt like most of my races haven’t been simple. There’s been races where we’ve been fighting, fighting, fighting the whole time. But I enjoy it.

“That’s the environment that I thrive in. For me it’s been my strongest year in F1 and that connection that I have with the team has really helped that. I feel like that’s where we’ve been able to execute everything, all the races we’ve done so well in.”

Williams’ P7 finish in the constructors’ standings means it benefits from an extra $9 million in prize money after beating AlphaTauri by three points.

Albon believes the Grove-based outfit grabbed every opportunity it had to score points when the FW45 was at its most competitive.

“Our car does have its moments, and one of our biggest focuses next year is to stop these weaknesses in our car,” he said.

“But the execution has been very strong, I think, and we’ve made the most of our opportunities. So that’s why I believe we’ve been able to actually get P7.

“When we’ve had the car to do it, we’ve made sure we score the points. I think others have either had a blunder with strategy, or whatever it may have been, just to miss out on points.”