Kevin Magnussen: “We just need to drive to the conditions”


Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Kevin Magnussen was critical of the decision to stop the Brazilian Grand Prix a second time, and believes it is the responsibility of the driver to drive within the limit of the conditions.

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver finished fourteenth after a tricky afternoon at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, and admitted that the corners on the circuit that usually are flat out in the dry were much more of a challenge in the wet.

Magnussen believed that the officials in Brazil were too cautious in their approach to the afternoon’s running, although he did understand that safety was the priority in the decisions made.

“The conditions today were definitely testing, especially turn 12 which isn’t actually a corner in the dry but became a real corner in the wet!” said Magnussen. “There was clear aquaplaning there, and even if there hadn’t been, it was still on the limit.

“I do wish we could have driven more today though. Of course you should have red flags to clear a crash and safety should always be the priority, but after that, I feel we were too careful with driving in the wet.

“At the end of the day, it’s up to us drivers to slow down enough to get around it. We just need to drive to the conditions and not go over the limit, which is exactly what we do in the dry.”