Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen felt he was lucky not to sustain a puncture when he was tagged by the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr at the start of the British Grand Prix.
The Dane was an innocent bystander in a collision between Toro Rosso team-mates Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat, although very little damage was made to the VF17 and Magnussen does not feel it hindered his race.
“I felt the Toro Rosso hit my tyre at the start, but nothing happened. Fortunately, there was no puncture. “
The Dane believes starting on the harder tyre was the main reason he finished outside of the top ten, as that first stint saw him struggle to keep up with those on the softer compound, and come the end of the race the gap to those ahead was just too big to pull back.
“I just didn’t quite get the first lap. It was always going to be difficult when you start on the reverse strategy on the harder tyre. That first stint kind of kept me out of the points.
“The pace was good in the car, I just had to do a long stint on the tyres and wait for the guys in front to pit and then put in a lot of good lap times. I came back a bit at the end, but it wasn’t enough.”
Despite coming away from the race at Silverstone without any points, Magnussen was still happy with the performance he was able to show, and unlike team-mate Romain Grosjean, felt he had good pace.
“Whenever you’re fighting outside of the points, it’s never that interesting. Still, I’ll take the positives. We were quick and had good pace in the race.”