Just a few weeks previously, Red Bull had unceremoniously demoted him after 12 races to its "junior" team. "So I think that might explain it".
A superb move around the outside of the Renault around Turn One would follow, although Albon - who has had two race-altering collisions with Hamilton in previous podium battles - admitted he was nervous. Everything [at Monza] is just not good: low downforce, long straights, it's not what we like.
"Hopefully some of this instability of the rear that we have been having, which affects him and in fact Pierre past year, that Max isn't really affected by, I think it will start to come his way a bit".
"When I lost a position initially to Sergio at the restart I was a little bit, let's say, angry, and I knew I had to get past him". "To be fair, the last couple of weekends he's been getting stronger and stronger".
Max Verstappen continues to do everything he possibly can in the RB16, but fate refuses to cut him a break.
"Thanks for sticking with me", Albon said over the team radio after a race that saw Verstappen retire on the opening lap.
"I think that as far as Red Bull Racing's seats are concerned we're focused on Alex Albon, we want to try to give him the best opportunity to retain that seat", Horner said.
The driver finished 3rd for the Milton Keynes-based team, taking them back onto the podium after neither auto finished in the points last week.
"It is different thinking you can do it to knowing it".
"It is really impressive and we see it time and again with him", he said.
Albon replaced Gasly at Red Bull past year.
The race got back underway for a third time, and Ricciardo briefly found himself in second place after shooting past Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas from the standing start.
Reaction from Alex Albon on his maiden F1 Podium at the Tuscan GP. "He's done a great job all weekend and he had to pass some tough competitors to fight his way back through the field after a couple of hard starts".
On this occasion, Albon's breathtaking move was clean, enabling him to claim third behind a Mercedes one-two spearheaded by Hamilton. "For him to get that podium today he had to do it the hard way, he had to really fight for it".
"We had no power there and you get into a situation where you are in the middle of the pack".
With an engine problem having put Verstappen out of the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, the Dutchman said he was "really not happy" about another mechanical problem - which had first surfaced on the laps to the grid.