Race against time for Toro Rosso ahead of qualifying after Albon crash

Shanghai, China

Chinese Grand Prix – Toro Rosso will have their work cut out for them ahead of qualifying, after Alex Albon crashed heavily towards the end of FP3.

Albon, who finished the session in P9 after an overall strong FP3 for Toro Rosso, brought out the red flags with minutes remaining in the hour’s track time. He had been on a flying lap when, leaving the final corner, he got a little lairy over the exit kerb and lost the rear of his STR14. He smashed sideways into the tyre barrier lining the exit, and ripped the left hand side off his car before coming to rest back out on the track.

He will now be checked out at the medical centre, although these checks are deemed precautionary as he got out by himself and was able to communicate with the team. However, it’s a different story for his car, as there are less than two hours to go until the session begins.

“He’s okay. He talked over the radio so I don’t suspect that there’ll be any problem.” team boss Franz Tost said to Sky Sports F1.

“First, we have to investigate the monocoque. We see if it’s okay and then if the car can be repaired for qualifying or not.”

“It depends on the monocoque, on the radiators, all the parts on the side, the electronic boxes, wiring looms, all these parts you can’t change in one or two hours.”

“It shows the development of Formula 1. We have safe cars, it was a huge crash. But that’s part of the process, without crash periods, you don’t learn.”

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