After the disappointment of Sergio Perez’s first-lap retirement, the Mexican Grand Prix saw another, more serious accident that brought the race to a halt.
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen crashed into a crash barrier on lap 35 of 71, leaving several pieces of his car on the track.
The Mexican GP authorities decided to apply the red flag and the drivers returned to the pit area due to the extensive damage to the barrier.
When the race was suspended, Max Verstappen was in the lead after overtaking the Ferraris on the opening lap. It was in that battle that Sergio Perez was forced off the track and out of the race.
Behind Verstappen at the time of the red flag was Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton who is in contention for second place with Checo in the 2023 F1 season, and was looking to make the most of Perez scoring no points in Mexico.
What happened to Kevin Magnussen’s car?
According to Fox Sports analysts, the problem with Magnussen‘s car was that the driveshaft broke and he was unable to turn right into a corner and ended up in the wall.
The faulty part may have been caused on the previous lap when the driver went over a curb rather forcefully, losing his grip on track.