It was a day to remember for Thai driver Alexander Albon as he produced a performance for the ages in his Toro Rosso after starting from the pit lane.
A horrific crash in FP3 on Saturday meant the youngster couldn’t take part in qualifying, and a change in chassis meant he needed to start Sunday’s main race from the pits and in 20th and last place.
F1 Chinese Grand Prix Main Race – First Lap action
That didn’t seem to deter the Thai however, as he produced a masterclass in F1 driving as the field looked on in awe.
Albon picked apart driver after driver and at one point even had the fastest lap of the race though that honor quickly faded. Nonetheless, it was Albon who asserted himself as his partner Daniil Kvyat was forced to retire midway through the race.
F1 Chinese Grand Prix Main Race – Alex Albon on the charge
The overtakes kept coming thick and fast for Albon, who was duly acknowledged for his efforts as well, and he sustained the race pace right till the end, fighting off the challenge of other drivers and finishing in tenth place and within the points.
Thai-Brit driver Alexander Albon explains his helmet design
What made the drive even better for him however, was the fact that Albon was voted as the ‘driver of the day’ by F1 fans for his marvellous comeback ahead of the likes of Lewis Hamilton who won the race, and even Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
The crash on Saturday may have been disappointing, but the race performance proved Albon can very well hang with the very best in the business.