Kevin Magnussen has hurt his hands in F1 Mexico GP shunt, as Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll play down their clash.
It was going relatively smooth for Haas’ Magnussen in F1 Mexico GP until a wide moment coming out of the final corner onto the main straight after 35 laps. Moments later, the Dane suffered a heavy shunt at Turn 7-8 where he went straight onto the tyre barrier.
He immediately jumped off the car onto the fence as the car caught a bit of fire in the heat when marshals rushed in to douse the flames. Magnussen was taken to the medical center but was cleared of any injuries even though he noted about hurting his hands.
Haas is looking at the cause of the incident but slow-mo replays showed the rear-left suspension going broke which led to the crash. It could be related to him going off in the final corner further straining the suspension which broke due to heat.
“It was the rear-left, I suddenly lost a lot of grip, we saw it a couple of laps before that and then it gave up,” said Magnussen to media. “At the beginning of the race it was better with tyre wear. Then suddenly I fell off more than the others and then the suspension gave up, so I don’t know if it’s related.
“Maybe there’s something there but I need to go and talk to the team. The crash happened in a bad place and I hit the wall, so I got a knock on my hands and they hurt a little bit, but they’re fine. We have to investigate a bit more what exactly happened as it just gave up,” summed up Magnussen, whose teammate Nico Hulkenberg was running in points until the final moments where his tyres gave up.
His fight included Alfa Romeo’s Bottas and Aston Martin’s Stroll, who made contact in the final stages where the Canadian was spun around and forced to retire in the pits. While the duo took it as a racing incident at Turn 13-14, the FIA blamed it on the Finn.
Having started inside the Top 10, Bottas lost the gear sync at the start to drop outside of the points. He was suffering from overheating brakes too. “In Turn 14, there was no space for two cars,” he said. “Obviously, he did keep it pretty tight but like I couldn’t just really disappear.
“I don’t know if it was a racing incident but I lost I don’t know a chance of points but I lost at least a chance to fight,” summed up Bottas, as Stroll was equally fine. “Not much to say, it is just racing,” he said. “It is a tricky corner, a bit tight exit leading onto the next, so just one of those racing incidents where I went for a dive and we basically touched.”
Here’s the crash of Kevin Magnussen: https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/video.2023-mexico-city-grand-prix-race-red-flagged-after-big-crash-for-magnussen.1781125674302254057.html
Here’s how F1 Mexico GP panned out
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