Kevin Magnussen: “We just couldn’t get the performance we wanted”

Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPI

Kevin Magnussen thanked his mechanics for getting a car ready to allow him to race in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday after crashing during Saturday morning practice damaged his first.

The Renault Sport F1 driver had missed qualifying on Saturday and started at the back of the field, but struggled to get the performance needed to get any higher than sixteenth on race day due to the cold conditions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Magnussen is now eager to put the disappointment behind him and concentrate on next weekend’s trip to Azerbaijan for the European Grand Prix.

“Firstly I need to say thanks to my crew who worked so hard to build a new chassis for this race after my crash yesterday,” said Magnussen. “This aspect really shows the teamwork which exists in the team and I’m happy to be part of it as we will all keep pushing hard.

“On track we struggled and P16 is not where we wanted to be. It was a cold track out there and we just couldn’t get the performance we wanted.

“The race was pretty straightforward for me and sadly there weren’t the opportunities to move forward. We definitely want better next time out.”