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Kevin Magnussen, Marcus Ericsson, crash, accident, incident

Kaltenborn: Incomprehensible why the stewards didn’t react

Kevin Magnussen, Marcus Ericsson, crash, accident, incident

Sauber were left seething after Haas driver Kevin Magnussen escaped a penalty after clattering into Marcus Ericsson, during the frenzy of the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix, as the field hurtled into Turn 3.

Magnussen appeared to brake too late and as a result clipped the rear of Ericsson’s Sauber, causing both cars to spin off into the sand. They recovered and rejoined the race, but their afternoon’s work was severely compromised by the incident.

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The FIA stewards looked at the circumstances and deemed it a racing incident, “Ericsson did leave enough room, and Magnussen who was fully on the inside took a reasonable line, but unfortunately the action of the kerb forced him wide and caused the collision.”

Sauber chief Monisha Kaltenborn was not happy with the finding, “The situation there was clear-cut, so it is incomprehensible why the stewards didn’t react to the incident.”

Ericsson said, ” I did not have a good start, but then I was fighting hard in the first couple of corners on lap one. Unfortunately, in Turn 3 I got hit from behind, which caused lots of damage on the right side as well as to the floor of the car.”

“From that moment on, it was all about finishing the race. Later on, I had to stop the car on track due to a hydraulic failure caused by the incident on lap one,” added Ericsson.

Magnussen admitted, “I had contact at Turn 3. I had Ericsson on the outside and I understeered into the side of him, which was unfortunate. I lost my front wing and damaged the car a little bit.”

The Dane parked his Haas with ten laps still to go, bringing to an end a disappointing debut for his new team.