Albon admits blaming inexperience would be a 'bad excuse' for China crash

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Alex Albon believes blaming his inexperience would be an easy out for the crash in final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.

On his first trip to Shanghai, the Thai-British driver made the classic mistake of running wide at the final corner and couldn't recover a slide on the Astroturf in time to avoid the barrier.

As a result, he missed qualifying and will have to fight through from the back of the grid on Sunday.

“I’m OK,” Albon said, confirming he was unharmed in the hefty shunt. “A lot more angry and disappointed than anything else. It was a big crash, it was a bit of a silly one as well.

“I took a bit too much astroturf, a bit too much throttle. I think I was a little bit too greedy.

“It would be a bad excuse,” he added when asked if it could be judged a rookie mistake. “Maybe you can but I don’t think it should happen.

“I was pushing, trying to find the limits, but I should have been doing that in qualifying not FP3.”

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As later shown by teammate Daniil Kvyat with a P11 in qualifying, the Toro Rosso driver was further frustrated because of the promise the car was showing in the midfield. 

“I’m disappointed because we had a good chance to be in Q3 today and I think the car was really strong all weekend," he added.