Kevin Magnussen reveals cause of big Mexico City GP crash

Magnussen suffered a suspension failure on Lap 34 of the 2023 Mexico City GP

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Kevin Magnussen said that his suspension “gave up” as he collided with the crash barriers at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix, which was significant enough to cause a red flag.

The incident happened on Lap 34 as his Haas F1 car approached the fastest section of the track when the Danish driver allowed his car to rest on the kerb to carry more speed, but his rear-left suspension failed and subsequently flung him violently towards the barriers.

It was such a devastating impact that his rear brakes caught on fire, but thankfully the marshals were quick to the scene to calm the budding inferno. More importantly, Magnussen was okay and after a brief check at the medical centre was free to carry out his responsibilities as a driver.

“The rear-left, specifically, lost a lot of grip a couple of laps before that and suddenly lost a lot of rear-grip and then it suddenly gave up,” Magnussen said to the media. “I think it [the race] was going all right.

“At the beginning of the race, it was better and then suddenly I fell off more than the others and then the suspension gave up, so I don’t know if it’s related. Maybe there’s something there, but I don’t know.”

Verstappen survives curveball crash

Magnussen had been running 14th when the accident happened but the driver who was perhaps most aggrieved about it was Max Verstappen, as he frustratedly criticised the red flag to his engineer Gianpiero Lambiase.

Prior to the incident, he had been leading by 16 seconds and was comfortable out in front and he even pitted for new hard tyres under the safety car to cover off the tyre advantage the Ferraris.

“That’s a joke. Red flag for what?”, Verstappen said to GP. “I saw the car was a bit on fire, but it’s already all cleared.”

However, in the end the standing start that he seemed to be concerned about was of little matter to him. The world champion got off the line well and even had time to bring his hard tyres healthily up to temperature as the slower Charles Leclerc held off Lewis Hamilton.

After the Mercedes finally got past the Ferrari, he couldn’t make a dent into the gap that the Dutchman was amassing as he went on to win a record-breaking 16th race of the season by 13.8 seconds.

Verstappen improved on the record that and Red Bull set in 2022 and he has three more chances to move the number up to an unthinkable, and seemingly unbeatable, 19 Grand Prix victories in a single season come the end of the Abu Dhabi GP on November 24.

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