Kevin Magnussen was quick to take the blame for his crash during practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday, admitting that it was a result of driver error.
Magnussen races in this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in place of the rested Fernando Alonso, who continues to recover from an accident in pre-season testing last month.
The Dane had hoped to make a good start to McLaren’s new era with Honda in 2015, but his Friday finished in the wall at turn six after losing the rear end of his car.
“We didn’t get too many laps in FP1,” Magnussen said. “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.”
In spite of the accident, Magnussen remained upbeat about the new MP4-30 car, which is the first McLaren to be powered by a Honda engine since 1992.
“The positive is that the balance and feeling of the car feels good,” Magnussen said. “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.”
You can watch FP3 live on Live Extra from 12:30a ET on Saturday, with qualifying being shown live from 2a ET on NBCSN. Click here for our full Australian GP schedule.