Hungarian GP: Magnussen shocked by changing conditions after crash
|By Glenn Freeman||Saturday, July 26th 2014, 14:46 GMT|
McLaren Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen said he was "extremely surprised" by the change in track conditions that led to his crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Dane brought out the red flags early in Q3 when he hit the tyres hard after locking up on a damp track at Turn 1.
Magnussen said that he was caught out by the conditions, as Turn 1 was the wettest part of the track at that time.
"It was much wetter in the first corner than the last corner," he said. "I came out of the last corner and there was full grip.
"It went from full grip to no grip and basically I didn't slow down. I braked where you normally brake but that wasn't at all where you had to brake this time.
"I was extremely surprised when I hit the brakes and there was no grip. I couldn't stop."
The F1 rookie added that he knew the conditions were presenting an opportunity where it was worth taking a risk to get a good result.
"Sometimes you have to go for it," he said. "It was a chance you have to take and hope that other people make mistakes.
"But it didn't work out so we've got to hope for the best in the race. Fingers crossed the car is OK.
"I didn't get a great look at the car, but it felt like there was a lot of damage."