Magnussen to start from pit lane

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014
McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Mercedes

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen must start from the pit lane due to the damage he sustained in his accident during the final segment of qualifying.

Magnussen was caught out by a brief rain shower which doused the circuit at the first corner and slid into the tyre barriers.

Although he still qualified in 10th position, McLaren has been forced to change the chassis and gearbox of his MP4-29, necessitating a pit lane start.

"I just hit the wall," he said. "The track was much wetter at the first corner than it was at the last corner. As I came out of the final turn, there was full grip, so I braked for Turn One at the normal braking point, but it was much wetter.

"Physically, I’m fine but I’m sad that I didn’t get more out of it.

"I’m most disappointed for the team, I think we could’ve got another decent qualifying result. Now, we just need to get on with it – starting from the pitlane will make life more difficult, but I’m determined to have a strong race.

"I’m just very disappointed to have made that mistake."

Racing director Eric Boullier absolved Magnussen of blame for the accident.

"The track conditions at that particular corner took everyone by surprise, and Kevin was powerless to avoid locking the wheels and hitting the wall," he said.

"Of course, the good news is that he’s safe and well; the bad news is that his chassis and gearbox are quite significantly damaged, and both will need to be changed this evening."


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