Alexander Albon says his recent spate of crashes have been down to pushing too hard, but he is confident that the run of incidents has not affected his standing at Red Bull.
The Thai driver has made an impressive start to life in the senior team and has outscored Max Verstappen across their five races in tandem, aided by a pair of DNFs for the Dutchman.
However, Albon has crashed in practice or qualifying in three of the last five events, with a significant shunt at the start of FP2 in Mexico forcing Red Bull into a chassis rebuild.
Albon went on to qualify fifth – his best grid spot in F1 – and remains enthused by his ability to bounce back from issues across a weekend.
He said: "To be honest, it sounds bad, but I crashed in the Toro Rosso as well!
"I am pushing, maybe too much sometimes. And that's kind of the price really.
"What is important is just how I recover, and so far that's been OK. It is not nice and does dent my confidence going into the next day, but it seems to not affect me too much. On that side I am quite happy with the bounce back."
Albon dismissed that pressure was coming from the Red Bull hierarchy, adding: "To be honest, it's been okay. They've been very much supportive, actually. They know I'm trying, and the crashes I have had, is not been slow and crashing, it's been pushing crashing.
"Of course it is not ideal, and I think that experience and not knowing the car can contribute to that. I think for the meantime anyway it's been all okay."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.