Magnussen ‘wanted the engine to blow up’

Date published: May 28 2019

Kevin Magnussen

Stuck behind a Kimi Raikkonen train in Monaco, Kevin Magnussen says he “wanted the engine to blow up” as he fell further and further away from the points.

Magnussen started Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix fifth on the grid.

The Haas driver hoped to use that as a launch pad for a great result but it was not to be.

While initially he lost a position to Daniel Ricciardo on the start, the decision to put him behind the Safety Car – with Ricciardo stopping then as well – cost him dearly.

Magnussen emerged in a train of cars led by the late-stopping Raikkonen.

Given the nature of the street circuit, the Alfa Romeo driver was able to keep his rivals – including Magnussen – behind him until he pitted.

Magnussen finished P12 but a late penalty for cutting the chicane while battling Sergio Perez dropped him to P14.

“I wanted the engine to blow up!” he told Autosport.

“It’s disappointing to have a result like that when we’ve been so strong all weekend and the team has done an amazing job.

“They provided me with exactly the tools I needed to perform. We’ve just been really good this weekend.

“I feel very sorry for everyone. I don’t want to draw any conclusions over what happened – I just feel sorry for everyone and I’m very disappointed for myself.”

He added: “It’s very easy to draw conclusions. Things are happening very quickly, you have to take decisions in split seconds, and sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it goes wrong.

“You’ve got to give it to the guys, they’re under a lot of pressure, and I don’t want to blame anyone. It’s a disappointing one, for sure.”

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