Neck problem set to compromise Magnussen’s race

Neck problem set to compromise Magnussen’s race

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen is battling with a neck downside after saying he felt it break throughout Q3 forward of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Magnussen, a late pre-season call-up to exchange Russian driver Nikita Mazepin at Haas, made an exceptional begin to life again on the Formulation 1 grid by qualifying P7 and ending P5 on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

And, regardless of reliability points plaguing his follow classes one week on in Jeddah, Magnussen nonetheless discovered a solution to make it into Q3 for the second consecutive weekend.

Nevertheless, that might be the place the enjoyable stops for Okay-Magazine, as he suffered a neck downside throughout qualifying and that might compromise his progress up the grid when the lights exit.

“I’m glad I didn’t have that [practice] preparation as a result of my neck could be accomplished already earlier than qualifying,” Magnussen mentioned.

“My neck simply broke in Q3, I simply couldn’t drive it anymore, so it’s robust for that.

“Once you’ve been out of an F1 automobile for a 12 months and a monitor like this – a fantastic monitor, it’s nothing in direction of the monitor – however I’m simply not ready for it.

“I’m glad I’ve bought maybe among the best physios on this planet right here with me, Thomas [Jorgensen], and he’ll have the ability to do his magic hopefully.”

Magnussen thinks he may have certified as excessive as P5 on the grid if he didn’t need to relaxation his neck throughout laps.

“You relaxation your head on the headrest, however you lose a lot feeling for the automobile, and likewise visually you’re trying within the mistaken path, so it’s not nice.

“And that’s what I used to be pressured to do as a result of my neck simply wouldn’t maintain it. So yeah, the automobile was nice, I believe the automobile had a P5 in it however I solely had a P10.

“I’ve by no means pushed this monitor and I bought three laps in FP2 after which I bought a traditional FP3. That’s not nice however as I mentioned, I actually just like the monitor and it got here shortly.”

 

Magnussen shall be Haas’ sole consultant within the race after Mick Schumacher’s automobile was successfully written off after an enormous crash throughout Q2.

Schumacher was despatched to hospital as a precautionary measure, however was launched through the night time and is again within the Jeddah paddock on race day. He shall be watching on from the sidelines and shall be again in motion once more in Australia.

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