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Heavy Magnussen crash ends final practice early

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Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kevin Magnussen ended a difficult final free practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the wall after running wide and damaging his car at turn seven.

The Danish driver had already been in the spotlight after a three times finding himself in the way of other drivers on quick laps, but lost control and hit the wall heavily, damaging the whole of the left hand side of the car with twelve minutes of the session remaining, with the driver getting out of the car unharmed.

The Renault Sport F1 driver was no on a fast lap during his incident, and the RS16 appeared to snap on him on exit of the turn, with the session halted and not restarted as a result.

Renault mechanics will now have a lot of work to do to get him out for the qualifying session later on Saturday, otherwise the Dane will be forced to start from the back of the grid for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Magnussen ended the session down in sixteenth, 2.166 seconds off the pace of Sebastian Vettel, and four-tenths of a second shy of British team-mate Jolyon Palmer, who finished sixteenth fastest.  Vettel was one of the drivers Magnussen appeared to get in the way of, with Nico Rosberg twice also finding the Dane in his way heading into the final chicane.

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