Despite making a good start, Kevin Magnussen was unable to any better than sixteenth at the Italian Grand Prix, with the Dane being delayed early by being forced to avoid the spinning Felipe Nasr after he had clashed with Jolyon Palmer.
After those delays, it was a quiet race for the Renault Sport F1 driver, and he was left to drive his own race, but Magnussen admitted it was a shame not to get a better result at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza but it was important to learn more about the RS16 car in low downforce set-up.
“My start was okay but there were incidents everywhere…” said Magnussen. “I had a better start than the Saubers ahead of me, which meant going around them, then another car on the grid.
“After that, I was able to build-up the momentum into turn two but had to avoid a spinning car by going on the grass. From then on, it was a quiet race with just a bit of early action with one of the Manors.
“It’s a shame that we didn’t get a good result today but we still learn more about the car every weekend and this race was no exception.”