Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2014

Magnussen laments ‘disappointing’ qualifying crash

2014 Hungarian Grand PrixPosted on Author Will Wood

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2014Kevin Magnussen says he is disappointed after losing control of his McLaren in slippery conditions in qualifying and hitting the barrier.

The rookie locked up under braking for the first corner as rain began to fall during the start of the final qualifying session, suffering heavy damage after striking the outside tyre wall.

As a result of the crash, Magnussen will be forced to start tomorrow’s race from the pitlane as McLaren have been forced to change to a new chassis and gearbox.

“I just hit the wall,” explained Magnussen. “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,” Magnussen added.

“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.”

17 comments on “Magnussen laments ‘disappointing’ qualifying crash”

          1. And please add to the same line the silly comments some people say about Vettel’s car being boycotted by his team. (I’m a serious Vettel fan, but the guy is being slapped by Ricciardo, bar today’s quali and last race… Maybe Vettel is getting on grips with the car at last!!! Let’s cross fingers)

  1. terrible luck. from the on board you could see that as soon soon as he went over that brow the track was shiny. i’m surprised we didnt have more people join him in that tyre wall

  2. Might prove quite a problem for Hamilton, actually. Won’t want a straight-line quick McLaren in his way right at the start as he’s trying to get through the field…

    1. Magnussen in front of Hamilton, exactly as I thought. MAG made it to Q2, while HAM did not even set a time in this Quali, so HAM would have started dead last no matter what the others did. HAM is last on the grid at the moment.

  3. Seems to me that Magnussen must have seen Rosberg slip into the runoff area just ahead of him, and could have reacted by braking earlier. Guess it wasn’t obvious that moisture on the track was the reason.

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