For Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon, the beginning to the Chinese Grand Prix weekend was something to forget.
Albon was 14th fastest in Free Practice (FP1), but got better in FP2, managing to finish 12th fastest and ahead of his teammate Daniil Kvyat.
But it was in FP3 that it all went wrong for the young Thai driver. Albon pushed his limits to manage a quick session before qualifying began, and in doing so, pushed his car a little too wide.
As a result, he spun out of control and crashed out in what looked to be frightening from the outside. Footage of the crash from on board Albon’s Toro Rosso has now emerged, and it isn’t pretty at all.
— Gustavo Ricartez (@gustaricar2013) April 13, 2019
It led to a red flag in the session, and a statement from Toro Rosso confirmed that Albon would miss qualifying as a result of the accident in FP3.
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRosso) April 13, 2019
That means the Southeast Asian representative of this F1 season will begin the race in 20th position tomorrow in Shanghai as Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes starts on pole.