Magnussen admits floor damage affected performance

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
McLaren-Mercedes

McLaren-Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen says an off during Q2 affected his performance during the top 10 shootout at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Magnussen slid wide at the final corner and bounced through the gravel before recovering to the pit lane.

He made it through to Q3 and set the eighth fastest time.

"The car isn’t too bad in these rainy conditions, but I think we just got the timings a bit wrong," he said.

"I’m still learning about Intermediates and Full Wets, so it was hard to make the right calls this afternoon. But I’m discovering more all the time, and overall I’d say today was good experience for me.

"Eighth isn’t too bad, but it isn’t too good either. It’s certainly not satisfying, because it’s not where we want to be.

"It’s a shame I went off near the end of Q2 – the trip into the gravel caused some damage to the floor – I don’t know how much performance we lost, but I think we could have done a little bit more in Q3 if the car had been in one piece.

"Our car feels good, and it definitely has untapped potential. I think we can do a better job tomorrow. The pace probably isn’t quite there yet for us to be able to fight for outright victory, but we’ll be in the mix."


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