Red Bull's Alex Albon crashes out of F1 qualifying in Russia
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Alex Albon was already facing a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

Alex Albon crashed out of qualifying on Saturday for the F1 Russian Grand Prix, fixing him the back row of the grid after already being handed a penalty for installing a new engine.

Every Honda-powered car entered qualifying with a five-place grid penalty after Honda brought an improved internal combustion engine to the track, but Albon will start from the back row of the grid following a crash early on in qualifying.

Losing the rear when applying the power at a tricky turn 13, Albon had no hope of recovering the slide and was helpless to prevent the Red Bull from making contact with the wall.

“Nothing really to say other than that I just went in a bit hot,” said Albon. “When these cars go, they go quite quick. Just frustrating. There’s a tail wind there and it just caught me out really.”

Starting so far back anyway, it is likely that Red Bull will bolt as many new components as they can to the car and a new gearbox is almost certain. The Sochi Autodrom is certainly a track where overtaking is possible, so all is not lost.

Regardless, Albon was less than confident of his Sunday chances, saying, “Race pace, we did a bit in FP3 and it didn’t go too badly, so obviously we’re making a bit more of a difficult target to start the race with, but we’ll see.”

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