Kevin Magnussen is set to start Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix from the pit lane after Haas confirmed it needs to change the chassis on his car following his qualifying crash.

Magnussen crashed out in the closing stages of Q2 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after clipping the Wall of Champions when exiting the final chicane, causing his car to spear across the track and slam into the pit wall at high-speed.

While Magnussen was quickly checked and cleared at the medical centre, his car was left with a significant amount of damage, prompting fears of a chassis change that would require the Dane to start from the pit lane on Sunday.

Magnussen said after the session that a pit lane start was "most likely", with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner confirming soon after that the chassis would have to be changed.

"It's pretty big. We need to change the chassis - we will start from the pit lane, obviously," Steiner said.

"We need to change the gearbox. There’s no point trying to start somewhere at the back with the C5 tyre. So we start from the pit lane.

"The best way is to change the chassis, the quickest and safest way is to do that and then go back and start from the pit lane for once."

Magnussen had been due to start the race P10 on the grid and start on the Soft compound tyre despite his late crash, having set a time good enough to advance to Q3.

Additional reporting by Julianne Cerasoli.

 

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