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Magnussen takes blame for FP2 shunt

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Kevin Magnussen put his session-ending shunt in FP2 down to driver error as McLaren's tough start to life with Honda power continued in Melbourne.

McLaren was limited to a handful of laps in FP1 before Magnussen ran deep at Turn 6, across the gravel trap and into the barrier, ending his session prematurely. Magnussen is standing in for Fernando Alonso as he continues to recover from his crash at the second winter test in Barcelona.

Some questions after the session were framed to suggest there could be a link between Alonso and Magnussen's crashes but the Dane said he was just pushing too hard.

"There was nothing on the track," Magnussen said. "It was just me; I braked too late and tried to push it a bit. I lost the rear on the entry and it then snapped at a difficult time and that's when I pointed the car towards the wall, I couldn't avoid it. Just a driver mistake, the whole thing."

Magnussen rejected the suggestion his limited time behind the wheel in the winter contributed to the crash.

"If you're talking about why I crashed, that's not the point. I can't blame it on that, these things happen. I was pushing perhaps a little too hard, braked a little bit later than the lap before. But already the lap before I was on the limit. I lost the rear and couldn't avoid the wall; I feel bad about that but life goes on and I have to focus on the future and tomorrow and get the best out of all that."

Despite seeing McLaren a long way off the pace as it continues to adjust to Honda power, Magnussen is convinced the team has designed a great car.

"It still feels very good. We are obviously not fast but it feels good and we're not too far off what will be the optimum balance in the car. Hopefully we'll get a better idea tomorrow in P3 and then see what we can do."

Magnussen also tweeted during the session to shoulder the blame for the crash.

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