Power unit issue halts Magnussen

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014


McLaren has confirmed that an issue with the power unit on Kevin Magnussen's MP4-29 halted the Dane's progress in Spain.

Magnussen was unable to set a time in Q2 and will consequently start from 15th on the grid.

"We’ve definitely made improvements to the car – it’s just a shame I couldn’t prove it to the team this afternoon," he said.

"I don’t exactly know what the problem was with my car. We had an issue with the power unit during Q1 that we tried to fix. But, in Q2, we decided to save the engine and retire the car."

Magnussen fears that McLaren could struggle to finish in the points tomorrow.

"Tyres are going to play a big role in the race tomorrow, so let’s see how things pan out," he said. "I’ll be aiming to work cleanly through the first lap, but I think we might struggle a little bit – our qualifying pace looks a little stronger than our race pace.

"It’s a shame, but at least we have some tyres saved for the race, so I hope we can do something positive."

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