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Albon: Blame split 50/50 in Magnussen crash

  • Published on 03 Aug 2020 11:40
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Alexander Albon believes both he and Kevin Magnussen are equally to blame for their opening lap crash at the British Grand Prix.

As the first lap of the race came to a close, Magnussen ran wide before the final corner, and as he attempted to recover and take the apex of the final turn, Albon had placed his car in a position to overtake.

The duo collided, sending Magnussen into the barriers and out of the race. Albon was handed a five-second time penalty for the incident, and crossed the line in eighth place after making two pit stops.

“We were a little fortunate with punctures to get there, but it was an OK race,” Albon said. “The penalty... it was 50/50 to me.

“Kevin went off the track and the way he came on, there was a space there initially. At that point I realised either he doesn't see me or the gap is closing very quickly.

“I tried to get away from it but at that closing speed it was just too much. Obviously we had the damage which was a shame. The pace throughout the race wasn't too bad. We had to do a lot this weekend. P8 is not what we want, but it's damage limitation.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the five-second time penalty was fair despite viewing it as a racing incident.

However, Horner hailed Albon's recovery effort, as he came from the back of the field to score four points.

“For me, it was a racing incident,” Horner commented. “Kevin made a mistake, he's gone out wide on the kerb. Alex is sort of committed and then he backed out of it. For me it was a racing incident, the five-second penalty was probably fair at the end of the day.

“That's what we got. His recovery after that, he drove a great race today to recover from right at the back of the field to come back through to P8 with great passing, the last couple of laps got really exciting.”

Magnussen admits frustration over the incident after having strong confidence in his car before the start of the race.

“I'm good, just frustrated. I got a great start, I thought the car was really good on the laps to the grid. I said to my engineers 'I think the car is working really well'.”

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  • sorry Albon, but KMag had the racing line. I get drivers need to grab any opening, but that opening was so small, hydrogen resembles a mountain in comparison.

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    • Aug 3 2020 - 12:59
    • I get the trying. I also think it was more of a racing incident. Above all, I think this was Albon once again mis-judging a, maneuver. It's a problem, not just some isolated incidents

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      • Aug 3 2020 - 16:34
    • Kinda, but I don't mind the penalty either, so it's neither here or there for me. But it was a bad move regardless. And yes: he is a really promising driver, but as you say, he need to cool down a notch.

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      • Aug 4 2020 - 09:28
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    In my opinion, Magnussen left space then slammed the door shut in his style.
    I agree with Albon, it's 50/50 and a racing incident in my book.

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    • Aug 3 2020 - 18:54
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    Kmag messes up looked to be wide then gathered it up and was back in the racing line.
    Racing incesent

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    • Aug 3 2020 - 19:27

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