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Haas F1 Team

Haas admit to late warning over Magnussen's Mexico crash

Kevin Magnussen spectacularly crashed out of the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend when he suffered a suspension failure at a high-speed section of the track amid high temperatures.

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Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner has admitted that it was too late to warn Kevin Magnussen over increasing car temperatures before his crash in Mexico.

Midway through the race Magnussen suffered a rear-left suspension failure and was pitched into the wall at high speed.

Magnussen was uninjured in the crash and it was revealed after the race that the overheating brakes resulted in the suspension snapping.

Just a handful of seconds before Magnussen had his crash, his race engineer informed him that he needed to control his temperatures which Haas has acknowledged was too late.

Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com, Steiner clarified that no modifications have been made to avoid a similar situation in the future.

"No, we didn't change anything,” he said. “We just need to be more careful when it gets there, to brake more with the engine, brake-by-wire or just to lift and coast.

“That’s all that we can do. It's a little bit unfortunate, because it [the temperature] goes up, the brake doesn't fail, the sensors go out because of the heat.

“Then nobody knows anymore what is happening, and then the suspension broke.

“Once it got going, it was very quick, that was the reason. The brake was obviously a little bit hot, all of a sudden, all the sensors are gone. And then then the suspension snaps.”

It was too late [to warn Magnussen].“And with having no sensors anymore, you're thinking the worst-case scenario, and in that case, it was just a bit too late.

"We learned as well, when the sensors go out, it's too hot. It's quite a good warning.”

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