Albon took more emotional than physical hit in FP3 crash

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

Thai-British Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon walked away from a stunning crash on Saturday in the final practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. He has been stellar all weekend. An incredible result for the team.

Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff says it's great to see both Silver Arrow cars to start the front row for Formula 1's 1000th Grand Prix in Shanghai, China.

The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel came third in the end, but it may just have ended up a little bit different.

Ferrari had arrived in China as favorites after showing their speed in Bahrain, particularly on the straights, with Leclerc on pole and leading until a loss of engine power in the closing laps.

"It's nice to be on pole - I haven't had that many of those in my career", said the world championship leader after taking top spot in qualifying for the seventh time. "The Ferraris squeezed it all out and were very fast again on the straights, but we were quicker in the corners and that was ultimately how we stayed ahead today", said Wolff.

After jumping out of his Ferrari, Vettel was asked if he would try to lean on Ferrari's apparent straight-line speed advantage to beat Mercedes in the race.

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"I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I'm not happy about that", he said. I'm excited for the race - I think we can find something. Along with Antonio Giovinazzi, who failed to set a time in Q1, Albon "will race at the stewards' discretion" on Sunday.

Despite his crash, Albon still clocked the ninth-fastest time but his participation in the qualifying session later in the afternoon depends on whether his mechanics can rebuild his auto in time.

In this photo provided by Cheung Yuk Ling, Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon of Thailand crashes his auto during the third practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Although he will have to start from the pit lane, Albon is hopeful of being able to recover through the field after Toro Rosso showed impressive race performance on Friday afternoon. "We had a good chance of being in Q3 (the top 10 shootout)". More angry and disappointed than anything else. "We had a good vehicle".

"On my driving I made a big step up from yesterday but there was still places I wanted to work on, and the last corner was one of them".

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