Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen will be forced to start tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pitlane after damaging their car’s in qualifying session due to varied reasons.
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes caught fire due to an engine leak at the pitlane entry in Q1, thus resulting in a premature end to his qualifying session for the second race in a row.
The team, however, is yet to find the exact cause of the fuel leak.
“We are still stripping the car to understand the cause of the fuel leak but the symptom was a loss of high pressure fuel to the direct injection system of the internal combustion engine,” team’s executive technical director Paddy Lowe said. “This fuel leak then caused a major conflagration which is likely to have written off most of the car.”
Kevin Magnussen, meanwhile, made it into Q3 but was caught out by a brief shower. Starting his flying lap behind Nico Rosberg, Magnussen, in his own words, underestimated how wet the track was at turn 1, and went straight into the tyre wall.
“It was too wet in that very moment,” the Dane said after qualifying. “Or let’s put it this way: it was wetter than I had expected. It is really sad that we didn’t get more out of it - I feel that I could have been on a good run. I only hope that the car will be okay for the race.”