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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen explains unseen incident with Stroll in Miami

Kevin Magnussen recorded his first DNF of the season at the Miami Grand Prix, following what proved to be an incident-packed ending to the race for him.

Magnussen spin Miami
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Kevin Magnussen has been reflecting on his two run-ins with Lance Stroll at the Miami Grand Prix, a race in which the Haas driver recorded his first DNF of 2022.

After fighting for points for much of the event, Magnussen made a pit-stop during the Safety Car period, which was called following a collision between Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly on Lap 41 of 57.

When the race got started again, Magnussen found himself in a battle with the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll, and the pair made contact going into Turn 2.

The Haas driver says that he sustained damage to his front wing amid the action at the restart.

"We pit under the Safety Car, I thought that was the best thing," Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It was my call, maybe it wasn't the best thing, but if it was a mistake it wasn't the team's mistake.

"We could have scored points. We had damage to the front wing after the restart, a fair bit of damage. So without that, I don't think I would have been fighting with Stroll at the end."

Magnussen explains both incidents with Stroll

Magnussen's second clash with Stroll came towards the very end of the race, and he has since explained what happened in each incident.

"The first [contact was] in Turn 2, I was on the outside of him, exit of Turn 3, and he just went wide, I guess he went on the kerb or something," the Haas driver said.

"That's when I got the damage. [I] did the whole stint and then, on the second to last lap, he had a go at me into Turn 11, and then it was the same thing, I braked too late and hit him."

Magnussen retired from the Grand Prix following the second run-in with Stroll.

Both collisions were investigated by the stewards. No further action was taken on the Turn 2 clash, but Magnussen was given a five-second time penalty for the later incident, as well as being handed two penalty points.

A difficult day for Haas on home soil

The Miami Grand Prix proved to be a disappointing day for the Haas team.

After Mick Schumacher and Magnussen started the race from 15th and 16th on the grid respectively, they found themselves battling for points during the race.

However, both drivers had their afternoon end in dramatic style. Before Magnussen's late retirement following his second incident with Stroll, Schumacher collided with Sebastian Vettel into Turn 1.

The clash was investigated by the stewards, but both escaped without a penalty, with the verdict being that "neither was wholly or predominantly to blame".

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