Magnussen to start from pitlane after qualifying shunt

Kevin Magnussen on track.

Kevin Magnussen will start Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pitlane following his accident in the opening minutes of the final part of qualifying.

Having progressed to the final top-ten shootout, Magnussen crashed at turn one early on in the damp conditions, losing control under braking and slamming heavily into the tyre barriers.

As a result of the accident, McLaren has been forced to change the Dane’s chassis ahead of Sunday’s race, meaning Magnussen will start from the pitlane, rather than his provisional 10th on the grid.

“The track was much wetter at the first corner than it was at the last corner, explained  the 21-year-old. “As I came out of the final turn, there was full grip, so I braked for Turn 1 at the normal point, but it was much wetter.

“Physically, I’m fine but I’m sad that I didn’t get more out of it. I’m most disappointed for the team.

“Starting from the pitlane will make life more difficult, but I’m determined to have a strong race,” he added.

Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes

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