Magnussen apologetic after 'messing things up'
30 March 2014 – Kevin Magnussen has apologised to his McLaren team after making contact with Kimi Räikkönen during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Magnussen was closing in on Räikkönen in the battle for sixth place during the initial phase of the race when he clipped the back of the Ferrari on the exit of the first corner. Räikkönen sustained a puncture in the contact while Magnussen's front wing was damaged.
The Dane was hit with a stop and go penalty, while two points were also added to his racing license.
"I’m sorry for the team that I messed things up going into the second corner, with the incident with Kimi," said Magnussen, who recovered to ninth place. "I think we could have scored some good points today, so I’m disappointed with and for myself, too. Grands Prix are long races, so I shouldn’t have made a mistake like that so early on in the afternoon."
"But that sort of stuff happens sometimes – and, when it does, you just have to learn from it, and I will.
"After the incident, it wasn’t easy to recover, and we struggled with the high track temperatures, and in the high-speed corners, too.
"As I say, I’ll learn from this race and I’ll see what I can do at the next one. It’s good that the Bahrain Grand Prix is so soon; it’ll feel good to put this one behind me, and move on."