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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen explains why he had to retire from Monaco GP

After retiring from Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix without much explanation, Kevin Magnussen has revealed why Haas asked him to return to the pit lane.

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Kevin Magnussen says a power unit issue forced him out of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

The Dane was the first retirement of the race on Lap 19, but his withdrawal was overshadowed by teammate Mick Schumacher's enormous crash at the Swimming Pool five laps later.

That incident resulted in Schumacher's Haas being split in two and prompted the suspension of the race to allow marshals to clear the debris.

"We had a power unit issue of some sort, so we had to retire the car – there was nothing we could do about that sadly," explained Magnussen of his own retirement.

Haas fail to score points yet again

Magnussen's retirement, coupled with Schumacher's crash, meant yet another non-points-scoring finish for the team, while those around them profited.

"I really thought our pace in the race was good considering we were on a full wet on a dry line, I had been able to keep Gasly behind until our issue and I was closing on Bottas," he continued.

"It would have been really exciting around the pit-stops to see what could have happened.

"It's unfortunate with no points today even though I think we had the car to do it, we knew we could fight."

Haas slipping back after strong start to 2022

After initially leaving both Haas and F1 at the end of the 2020 season, Magnussen was unexpectedly brought back into the team in February this year to replace the axed Nikita Mazepin.

Despite only very limited running in the VF-22 before the season opener in Bahrain, Magnussen scored his and Haas' best result since July 2018 with an excellent drive to fifth at Sakhir.

However, both Magnussen and Haas have failed to score in the past three races, with the Dane currently tenth in the Drivers' Championship, and Haas sitting eighth of 10 teams in the Constructors' standings with 15 points, all of which have been scored by Magnussen.

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