Magnussen frustrated after contact with Raikkonen

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Kevin Magnussen says he is frustrated with himself after colliding with Kimi Raikkonen during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Magnussen clipped the back of Raikkonen's Ferrari early on in the race, puncturing Raikkonen's tyre and leading to front wing damage on the Dane's McLaren.

Magnussen recovered to ninth place following a stop and go penalty for the contact while he was also slapped with two penalty points on his license.

"I’m sorry for the team that I messed things up going into the second corner, with the incident with Kimi," he said.

"I think we could have scored some good points today, so I’m disappointed with and for myself, too. Grands Prix are long races, so I shouldn’t have made a mistake like that so early on in the afternoon.

"But that sort of stuff happens sometimes – and, when it does, you just have to learn from it, and I will."

Magnussen added that McLaren struggled with the heat and quick corners at Sepang.

"After the incident, it wasn’t easy to recover, and we struggled with the high track temperatures, and in the high-speed corners, too.

"As I say, I’ll learn from this race and I’ll see what I can do at the next one. It’s good that the Bahrain Grand Prix is so soon; it’ll feel good to put this one behind me, and move on."


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