Magnussen rues ‘very strange’ crash

Date published: June 12 2016

Kevin Magnussen was unable to take part in Saturday’s qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix after a “weird” crash in final practice damaged his RS16.

The Renault driver’s car suffered heavy left side damage when he crashed coming out of the chicane at Turn 6/7.

Magnussen, who was on an out-lap on a set of used ultrasoft Pirellis, believes cold tyres may have played a role in the accident.

“It was an out-lap. Very strange,” he told Motorsport.com.

“We put a set that I had run already and they hadn’t been warmed up in the blankets. They didn’t have time to get warm, and we just stuck them on and they were very slippery.

“It is weird because we had done it before and they had been alright. But maybe because the track temperature was so low it didn’t work, and it caught me out.

“I was going out of the corner, hit a bump and it snapped massively. And then I hit the wall.”

He will start Sunday’s 70-lap grand prix from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve pit lane but insists there are still positives.

Asked what he could ‘salvage,’ he replied: “Everything! We are not that much worse off actually.

“I could have qualified maybe 15th or 16th maybe, so it is not so much worse really. And we have free choice if it starts to rain starting from the pit lane. There are always positives.”