|© AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak
Kevin Magnussen’s meeting with the tyre barriers during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday was more costly that imagined.
A brief rain shower complicated the final shootout, with the Dane sliding off the track and making a heavy collision with a tyre wall at Turn 1, which had a large amount of water.
"I just hit the wall. The track was much wetter at the first corner than it was at the last corner," he explained. "As I came out of the final turn, there was full grip, so I braked for Turn 1 at the normal braking point, but it was much wetter."
The wet surface caught out a number of cars, but Magnussen was most affected, locking his wheels and ploughing straight into the barriers in the run-off shortly after Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who ran off the track at the slippery Turn 1 but avoided the barriers.
"Physically, I'm fine but I'm sad that I didn't get more out of it," he said.
The McLaren driver consequently didn’t set a time and would have started tenth.
But the left side of the car was quite severely damaged, and necessitated a chassis and gearbox change for the race. As a result, Magnussen will start from the pit lane as per regulations.
"I'm most disappointed for the team, I think we could've got another decent qualifying result." he reckoned. "I'm just very disappointed to have made that mistake.
“Starting from the pit lane will make life more difficult,” Magnussen said. “But I’m determined to have a strong race.”