Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen meets the ‘Wall of Champions’ in Canada06/08/2019
Kevin Magnussen tapped the wall then bounced across the track and stuck the inside pit wall.
Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen smashed into the famous Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve “Wall of Champions” Saturday in qualifying with the resulting red flag dropping his teammate Romain Grosjean and Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen out in Q2.
Every year, it seems that at least one driver gets claimed by the most famous concrete wall in Formula 1 and this time around that driver was Magnussen.
Losing the rear coming onto the home straight with just seconds left on the clock in Q2, Magnussen slammed into the wall before bouncing back across the track for a second impact with the pit wall. The Dane was taken to the medical center for a brief checkup and was fine. Ironically, however, while others were denied the chance to improve their times, the crash secured Magnussen his top ten grid slot – although potential gearbox and engine penalties may drop him significantly down the order.
Haas teammate Grosjean was the car directly behind when Magnussen crashed and was left disappointed as he felt his car had the pace to do well.
“I don’t know if it would have been good enough for Q3 but it probably would have put us in P11 which would have been a nice spot for tomorrow so, it’s a bit of a shame and not ideal,” said Grosjean. “I think I pushed to go for the aggressive strategy in Q2, doing one timed lap in Q1. At first the lap was really good until turn six when we had a front lock. Maybe, missing FP3, we should have played a bit more conservative but, on the other hand, it’s so tight here that you’ve got to use all you’ve got and let’s hope tomorrow is a better day.”
The big-name casualty of the red flag was Verstappen. Having struggled to set a time on medium tires, Red Bull had left it late to switch Verstappen onto the faster soft tires and this error came back to bite the team hard.
“We tried it on the medium and the tire didn’t feel fantastic for us but also the traffic didn’t help,” said Verstappen. “Then we went onto the soft tire but we got the red flag so we’re very unlucky. I’m not down, it just happens in Formula One.”
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