Kevin Magnussen admits that he “didn’t feel” his crash out of the Australian Grand Prix, despite losing a tyre in the incident. The Haas driver clipped the wall out of Turn 2 on Lap 54 of the event, with the impact ripping off his right rear wheel and forcing him to retire from proceedings. Race control opted to red flag the race following the incident, resulting in a frenetic restart for the final laps of the 58-lap Grand Prix. While the crash might have looked dramatic, Magnussen says that the impact inside the car was not noticeable. “I didn’t even feel it,” the Dane explained after the race. “It definitely wasn’t something that felt big in the car, but it was enough to crack the rim and take the tyre off.” Magnussen ‘encouraged’ despite crash Prior to his exit from the race, Magnussen was left ruing his bad luck after making a pit-stop just before the first red flag was thrown. “[It was] unfortunate. We were in P12, so at that time it didn’t look like I was going to be able to score points,” he said of his race-ending crash. “We got unlucky with the red flag, because we’d just pitted out of P11. “We seemed to be quicker than the next couple of cars, so I was fairly confident at that stage of the race. We pitted under the Safety Car, and just after we pitted it turned into a red flag, and then everyone puts their tyres on and goes to the end, so I was last.” While fortune did not go in his favour in Melbourne, Magnussen was left feeling positive about the pace of his VF-23. “[It was] not my day, but it seemed like again the car seemed to have decent pace, so I’m encouraged by that and we’ll push next time,” the 30-year-old added.
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