Kevin Magnussen has accepted fault for his costly crash during the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix as he ended the day with only a handful of laps under his belt.

The Dane, who has been drafted in as a replacement for the sidelined Fernando Alonso, comes to Albert Park with only limited track time at the wheel of the Honda-powered MP4-30, but issues in FP1 would limit him to just seven laps before an error of his own marking saw him crash early in FP2.

Blaming himself for the crash, which saw him strike at the wall on the exit of turn six, Magnussen was frustrated with his error but is hopeful he can bounce back for FP3 and qualifying.

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"We didn't get too many laps in FP1. Then I went off and damaged the car in the afternoon, so I didn't get much running under my belt in FP2 either.

"I tried to push my braking point into Turn Six, then lost the rear on entry. The car still made the apex, but then it snapped at a difficult time. I couldn't avoid hitting the wall. It was a driver mistake. It's a shame, but these things happen - my bad - and life goes on.

"The positive is that the balance and feeling of the car feels good - we're not as fast as we'd like, but we're not too far off the optimum balance in the car. Clearly, there's a lot more to come, but it's definitely a good baseline.

"Hopefully we'll get a better idea of where we are in FP3 tomorrow. Hopefully we can go into qualifying feeling a bit more confident."