Friday, December 6

Brake Failure Ends F1 Team at U.S. Grand Prix


AUSTIN, Texas – A major brake issue forced the retirement of Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen while he was in 15th place on lap 52 of the 56-lap United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the 19th round of 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Nov. 3 in Austin, Texas.

The brake failure resulted in Magnussen running off the track, deep into the turn-12 gravel trap (to catch a car which has lost the track) at the end of the long back straight.

According to Magnussen, “I had a brake issue at the end there. It was a tough day at the office. We weren’t fast enough today, just lacking grip and pace. We have some problems, that’s pretty clear, but I tried to do my best anyway. I got as high as ninth on those first laps – it was good fun, but then it was just so clear that we didn’t have the pace and we started to drop down the order. The race then ended with the brake failure.”

Magnussen’s best position during the race was 10th after the first lap.

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Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.