Renault has confirmed that a suspension failure caused Kevin Magnussen’s tire issue in first practice for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday in Shanghai.
After seeing Felipe Massa suffer two failures on his rear-left tire in FP1, Magnussen’s car experienced a similar issue just minutes after the Brazilian had limped back to the pits.
The trio of incidents sparked concerns about the construction of Pirelli’s tires in China, but all have now been attributed to issues on the respective cars.
Magnussen confirmed that his car sustained a suspension failure during practice that caused the tire failure and forced him to miss the second session on Friday afternoon.
“I had a suspension failure on the car, and that led to the tire going,” Magnussen confirmed.
“It was fairly easy to control as I was going straight, not in a corner, so I just lifted.
“Otherwise I did some installation laps and some aero runs this morning which are always useful data-wise but I have plenty to do tomorrow morning in terms of what I can learn from the track and the car.
“It might rain as well, whereas the race is likely to be dry so this isn’t shaping up to be the straight-forward weekend I was wishing for but we’ll get there regardless.”
Renault technical director Nick Chester confirmed that the team had identified the cause of Magnussen’s suspension failure and that a fix will be in place for final practice on Saturday.
“It was a difficult day for us. Kevin didn’t get a lot of running because of a rear suspension failure in FP1,” Chester said.
“We know the cause of the failure and will have modified components for tomorrow but of course it is disappointing for Kevin that he didn’t get more track time.
“We have more work to do overnight to improve the balance and both cars will be ready for tomorrow.”