Kevin Magnussen says Haas retired his car because they didn’t have any suitable tyres left to run.
“If you can make it to the end that’s good,” said his engineer. “If not we’ll go to a C4 [soft].” However the team decided against fitting the soft tyre, which almost no other driver used in the race due to their high levels of degradation.
Magnussen was told to pit and retire shortly afterwards. Speaking to the media, Magnussen said he pulled out because “we didn’t have any more tyres.”
The vibrations from his rubber prevented Haas from leaving him out on his hard tyres, according to team principal Guenther Steiner. “We had to retire Kevin at the end of the race as there were vibrations and we were not sure any more how badly they’d affect the suspension.”
Magnussen had a troubled weekend which he believes is due to repairs made to his car following his collision with Alexander Albon in last week’s race.
“The car has not been performing this weekend as we know it can,” said Magnussen. “We know the car can perform, especially on a Sunday, in the race. It just hasn’t been performing this weekend.
“We had that crash on Sunday last week and I think the parts we put on the floor for this race weekend, they’re old parts. I can’t really say what else it could be. In my mind that’s got to be it, I don’t know, because the car can be a lot better than this.”
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