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2014-07-26 18:49

BAD LUCK IN HUGARY: The damaged car of McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen is removed during qualifying for the 2014 Hungarian GP in Budapest. Image: AP / Petr David Josek

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Mercedes title contender Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen will start the 2014 Hungarian GP from the pits lane after qualifying set-backs on Saturday (July 26).

Rookie Magnussen qualified 10th, despite not setting a time in the third session due to a severe crash. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said the car was badly damaged.

Boullier said: "I think the chassis and gearbox have to be changed. We are just waiting for final clearance from the team but it's what we expect. Which means he starts from the pits lane."

STRIPPING THE CAR

He is likely to join Hamilton, who failed to set a timed lap and qualified 21st after a fuel leak set his car on fire in the opening phase of qualifying. He's expected to need a new engine and gearbox.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said: "We are still stripping the car. It's really badly damaged so my gut feeling is that it will be the pits lane. We have to see whether we can save the chassis and I tend to be pessimistic on that stage. I wouldn't be too optimistic."

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix:
Qualifying
First practice
Second practice
Third practice

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