Renault’s Kevin Magnussen will miss qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix following his FP3 crash during final practice.
The 23-years-old Danish F1 driver has blamed cold tyres for the practice shunt that has forced the Renault Formula 1 team to build up a replacement car for tomorrow’s Montreal race.
Magnussen was on an outlap on a set of used ultra-soft Pirellis late in FP3 when he crashed heavily into the wall at Turn 7 with some 10 minutes to go in the session after trying to catch the rear end of his car. Magnussen snapped under acceleration that resulted in the damage on the left-hand side structure.
Magnussen expects the crashed chassis to be repaired for use in the future race, but Renault did not have time to repair the car and instead has decided to take its time and build up the spare chassis. Renault’s change automatically triggers a pitlane start, which will allow Renault to choose whatever set-up it wants for the prevailing weather.
It’s more of a precaution, and as we won’t do qualifying, it’s much better like this,” Renault team boss Fred Vasseur said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.
“We want to manage it in the proper way and the best way.”
Magnussen’s crashed chassis was actually a brand new one introduced to replace the damaged one used by teammate Jolyon Palmer in the recent Monaco Grand Prix. As a result, Magnussen will now use 01, which was used by Palmer earlier in the year.
As the car was not ready for qualifying, Magnussen will start tomorrow’s race from the back. Renault team boss Fred Vasseur has admitted that the recent run of accidents had made racing too difficult for the team.
“We have six races in eight weeks, and the last two weeks were bad for the stock of spare parts,” Vasseur said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.
Renault still has no explanation about the cause of Kevin Magnussen’s accident.
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