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Hungarian GP: Kevin Magnussen set for pitlane start after crash

Kevin Magnussen McLaren

Kevin Magnussen is set to start from the pitlane for the Hungarian Grand Prix because he will need a new chassis and gearbox following his qualifying accident.

The Dane slid off the track during a brief downpour at Turn 1 during the first runs of Q3, and crashed heavily in to the tyre barriers.

Having got the car back to its garage to analyse the damage, McLaren suspects that he will need a replacement chassis for the race - which means he will not be able to take up his provisional tenth place on the grid.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said: "I think the chassis and gearbox have to be changed.

"We are just waiting for final clearance from the team, but this is what we expect. This means starting from the pitlane."

Magnussen reckoned that he was simply unlucky to have faced such conditions at the first corner when the rest of the circuit had been pretty much dry.

"It was completely dry at the last corner on to the straight," he said. "I braked a little bit early, maybe 20 metres, but still it was just wet.

"I locked up and it didn't stop really. It was unfortunate."

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