Wehrlein unimpressed at Magnussen move
23 October 2017 – Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein believes it was "quite an effort" for Kevin Magnussen to crash into him on the opening lap of the United States Grand Prix, an incident which ultimately caused his retirement.
Magnussen and Wehrlein battled on the first lap of the race and came to blows at Turn 12, with the Sauber driver pitched into the run-off, his C36-Ferrari damaged in the clash.
Wehrlein continued for a handful of laps before pulling into the garage due to the floor damage on his car, while Magnussen pitted after sustaining a puncture in the clash.
"I had a good start then at Turn 12 after the back straight, Magnussen tried to overtake me on the inside," said Wehrlein.
"I left him a lot of space on the outside, I even didn't see him when he crashed into me.
"It was quite an effort from him to still manage to crash into me.
"On a positive note, we will be back in our cars in Mexico in just a few days, and I hope to have a better race there."
Marcus Ericsson was encouraged by his level of competitiveness, despite placing only 15th, having been penalised for a late-race collision, also with Magnussen.
"We could fight with our direct competitors throughout most of the race, and were able to keep up a good pace," he commented.
"Unfortunately, it became difficult to keep that up after having a collision towards the end of the race.
"Overall, the weekend was positive, and the race was one of my best this year."