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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen offers his view on first-lap clash with Hamilton

After starting the Spanish Grand Prix from eighth on the grid, Kevin Magnussen slipped down the order following an incident on the opening lap with Lewis Hamilton. The Haas driver eventually finished in 17th.

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Kevin Magnussen has been reflecting on his first-lap incident with Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Dane made a good start from P8 on the grid, and soon found himself closing in on Hamilton, who had lined up in sixth.

Magnussen looked at making a move around the outside of Turn 4, but the two cars made contact, causing Magnussen to take a trip through the gravel before slowly making his way back to the track with a puncture.

Hamilton also suffered a puncture, and both drivers ended up at the rear of the field after making a pit-stop.

Whilst Hamilton was able to recover to eventually finish the race in P5, it was a more difficult afternoon for Magnussen, who ended the Grand Prix in 17th place.

Magnussen admits incident "ended" his race

When asked whether it was frustrating that his Lap 1 moment had put a halt to what had been a strong weekend for Haas, Magnussen admitted: "It is.

"We got hit in Turn 4, I had a puncture and that was basically the end of the race. On to the next one."

Despite the clash, Magnussen says that the VF-22 still felt okay throughout much of the race.

"[It was] pretty good at most times," he explained.

"I think we were on a tough strategy because of the Lap 1 incident. When the tyres were sort of new, the car was good."

Will Magnussen have a discussion with Hamilton?

Magnussen was also quizzed on whether he would discuss what happened with Hamilton, but the Danish driver feels that this is not necessary.

"It was pretty clear what happened," he said.

"There is nothing to talk about. On to the next one."

Whilst both Haas cars had qualified in the top 10, neither came away with points, with Magnussen's teammate Mick Schumacher finishing the race in P14.

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