Giovinazzi ‘Disappointed’ with Lost Track Time after heavy Practice Crash


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Antonio Giovinazzi feels disappointed after his second Free Practice session with the Haas F1 Team finished early due to a crash at the Hungaroring.

Giovinazzi replaced Kevin Magnussen for Free Practice 1 for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix but the Italian only managed to complete eight laps before losing the rear of the car at Turn eleven and hitting the wall, damaging the front suspension and left side of the VF-17.

The Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver thus ended his session early, with fifty minutes still left on the clock, with the crash also bringing out the red flag. The damage to the car was severe and the Haas mechanics were forced to work through to midway through Free Practice 2 in order to fix the car to give Magnussen some track time.

“The car had been looking quite good even in the short track time I had in the session. I lost the rear quite aggressively. It snapped on entry into turn 11.” commented Giovinazzi.  “There was nothing I could do, to be honest. We’re checking to see what happened.”

Whereas the Italian replaced Magnussen last time out at Silverstone and managed a trouble free session, the Hungaroring did not share the same luck, with the crash costing him valuable data, experience and time with an Formula 1 car.

“The track time is important for me,” said Giovinazzi.  “I lost out on 50 minutes of FP1, so I’m disappointed for myself, and also for Kevin.”