Renault’s Fred Vasseur: “I hope we can keep the stronger form”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Renault Sport F1 team principal Frederic Vasseur admitted that the first concerns for the team were for the well-being of Kevin Magnussen after the Dane’s huge crash at Raidillon.

Magnussen lost control over the brow of the hill after Eau Rouge on the fifth lap and hit the barriers hard, but was able to extract himself from the car and walk away unaided, with only a cut to his left ankle, but Vasseur admitted it was a concern to see such a big crash for the Dane.

“Our first concern today was with Kevin after his big accident in Eau Rouge,” said Vasseur. “He was able to leave the car unaided and was taken to the medical centre as a precaution.

“He was responsive throughout but had a cut on his ankle that required some further checks so was taken to hospital in Verviers.”

Vasseur also admitted it was disappointing to see Jolyon Palmer drop away from points contention on Sunday having been as high as seventh, but despite this and Magnussen’s crash, he feels the team are continuing to show good signs of improvement.

“Jolyon had a very good start and was racing very hard, but had some problems with tyre degradation that dropped him back down the order,” said Vasseur. “It’s a shame as we had had the strongest qualifying of the year and had shown that we had taken some steps forward with the car yet again.

“I hope we can keep the stronger form going in Monza and are able to fully capitalise in the race.”