Testing – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen was forced to sit out the last two hours of testing in Spain, after his car suffered an issue.
Magnussen was one of the quickest drivers in testing on Wednesday, finishing off for lunch with a time good enough for P3 set on the HyperSofts.
However, 22 laps into the afternoon session, he brought out the red flags when he stopped the car on track. With Haas saying they had “spotted something the engineers didn’t like”, his car was brought back to the pits and, shortly after, the team announced that he would not be back out on track.
After the session ended, they revealed it was a pneumatic pressure issue on the VF-18 that caused the problem.
With Haas best of the rest behind the three big teams in the Spanish Grand Prix, the failure was a minor hiccup after two days of successful testing, as Magnussen acknowledged: “I had a good day today. We were mainly testing tyre items. There were lots of interesting things done.”
“We obviously had some kind of issue at the end, which sadly meant we had to stop for the rest of the day. That’s still being investigated. All in all though, it was a good day with some good mileage, especially learning more with the tires.”