Brendon Hartley still expects to race at the Spanish F1 grand prix despite a big crash overnight (NZT) preventing him from taking any part in qualifying.
After placing 18th in the first two practice sessions, the third saw the 28-year-old crash out after losing control of his Toro Rosso car and smashing into the barriers.
The Kiwi's Toro Rosso team was unable to fix his car in time for qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Hartley was attempting to push the car's limits when he hit the dirt on turn nine, spinning into the gravel and destroying the rear of the vehicle. The rear end fell apart as the car was being hoisted by a crane.
"Yeah I'm a bit sore. It was a big hit. I can feel it in the neck and head a little bit," he said afterwards.
"It was a big impact - but everyone is working hard to get the car fixed for tomorrow [Monday]. I'll be fine, and physically fit the drive the car."
Hartley said he was bracing for the impact to come as he spun on the gravel and hit the barrier backwards.
That hurt a little.. A big crash in FP3 meant I had to watch quali from the pit wall..— Brendon Hartley (@BrendonHartley) May 12, 2018
Other than a little bruising I’m all ok and fit to race. The boys and girls have worked hard and the car is also fit for the race. Full focus on moving forward and sights set on the top 10 👍 pic.twitter.com/mtb7qxVD3K
"It happens in slow motion. It felt like the car was slowing down, but I was heading backwards towards the wall. So you don't really know when the impact is going to come.
"I'm not looking in my mirror to know exactly when the impact was going to come. You brace yourself a bit, but it's never a lot of fun."
Brendon Hartley of New Zealand and Scuderia Toro Rosso walks from his car after crashing during final practice for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. (Photo / Getty Images)