Magnussen “changed his view” on his collision with Hamilton

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After viewing footage of his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen says he wishes he had given Lewis “slightly more room”.

Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a collision at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, which relegated them both to the back of the grid.

However, while it was obvious to viewers that Lewis was not at fault, Magnussen immediately told his team that the Briton deliberately opened up his steering and caused the crash.

However, after viewing the footage of the collision he has completely changed his opinion on the whole incident.

“I had a chance to look at it and of course I changed my view on that,” Magnussen said ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

“I had the feeling when I was on the track that he opened the steering. But that’s not what happened. He just got in the slipstream of the Ferrari, and understeered a tiny bit.

“I was super close to him. I didn’t give him much room for error, I gave no margin. So we touched. It was unfortunate.”


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The Danish driver then said he wishes he had given Lewis “slightly more room”.

“I just wish I had turned in one millisecond later. But also in a corner like that, if you’re going to go around the outside, you want to be as close to him as possible.

“You don’t want to go too wide and go on to the dirty part of the track. That’s what I did. We touched unfortunately.

“There was also a lot of bad luck in that. If I had just been a little bit further forward when we hit, we would have hit rim to rim and it would have been different.

“But unfortunately I just hit with his side at the tyre and it was a puncture. It was bad luck.

“I wish I had given him slightly more room,” Magnussen concluded.

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