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F1 Chinese GP: Magnussen sidelined by 300kph suspension failure

Kevin Magnussen suffers another set-back as a suspension failure for his Renault in FP1 consigns him too the sidelines in FP2 as well.
Kevin Magnussen is confident Renault has understood the reason behind the suspension failure that cost the Dane any meaningful free practice mileage for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Magnussen was travelling at more than 300kph along the back straight when the rear-left suspension failed, causing the tyre to puncture too.

Despite the high-speed failure, Magnussen was able to nurse the car back to the pit lane, though investigations would consign him to the garage for FP2 as well.

“[It was] A suspension failure and then the tyre punctured after. You sit down and the tyre touches the floor so it rips. I was doing 300-310kph and then I felt the car drop and then we started to dance around. No real warning.”

Though he admits it leaves him on the back foot the remainder of the weekend, even more so should it go ahead and rain in qualifying, he is confident the problem will not reoccur.

“We know what it is and it has been fixed. I didn't learn much today, I did the install laps and that was about it. Some aero running which was good to do, so catching up tomorrow.”





by Ollie Barstow



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