Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton will both start Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane following the major repairs that had to be carried out on their respective cars overnight.
Magnussen was the second driver out on track during the final top-ten shootout for pole, but he caught a damp patch of track while braking for Turn 1 and careered straight into the tyre wall.
His MP4-29 suffered significant damage on the front-left corner which couldn’t be repaired in time, forcing his McLaren mechanics to perform a complete assembly of the spare chassis, as well as replace the damaged gearbox in the Dane’s original car. As a result, he will have to start the race from the pit lane.
Joining Magnussen for the race start will be Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes F1W05 Hybrid suffered a fuel leak in the opening minutes of the Q1 phase of qualifying and caught fire as he tried to make his way back to the pits (pictured right).
The car was badly damaged and required a number of major components to be replaced by his mechanics; under the rules he will be forced to start the race from pit lane.
The outcome is a major blow to Hamilton’s championship ambitions, and the Englishman admitted that a repeat of his Hockenheim heroics – where he finished on the podium after starting from twentieth on the grid – will be highly unlikely.
“I honestly don’t know what I can do [in the race],” he said dejectedly. “This is a track that you cannot overtake on so I think I will struggle to get in the top 10 tomorrow, or at least the top five.
“I will probably leave here more than 20 points behind Nico, but there are still races to go. I will try my best,” the four-time winner at Hungary added.
Images via Sutton Images and XPB Images
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