Magnussen: Early contact damaged car

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen believes that his chances of securing a good result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were hindered by an opening lap clash with Adrian Sutil.

Magnussen slipped back at the start and collided with the German exiting the Turn 7 hairpin, causing some damage to the front of his McLaren.

"That was a difficult race," he said.

"I had quite a bit of contact with Adrian on the first lap – and, after that, the front of the car never felt quite right, but it wasn’t too bad, so I could carry on.

"My opening stint on the Prime went well – the tyre was holding on well and I felt like I could manage the degradation. But once I’d pitted and changed to the Option, the race slipped away from us.

"The softer tyre ought to have helped us gain some positions over the drivers running the Prime, but we just stayed where we were, and that ruined the race for us."

Team-mate Jenson Button had a more profitable time as he claimed fifth on what could be his final start for McLaren.

"I think we made the best of what we had this evening: in terms of strategy, we did the right thing, but we never really had enough pace to attack the cars in front," he said.

"So, fifth was as good as it was going to be. Getting the maximum from the car is all that can be asked of a racing driver, and I think I’ve proved this year that I’m still at the top of my game."


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