MONTREAL – Kevin Magnussen said the FIA’s race directors and managers were too easily swayed after his Canadian Grand Prix was ruined by what he called a “scratch” on his front wing.
Magnussen went wheeling with Lewis Hamilton on one thigh and made slight contact, causing a small portion of the forewings to protrude.
“I just had a little bump, nothing serious,” Magnussen explained after the race. “Scratched my front wing a bit and then supposedly pitted.”
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, in the car behind Magnussen, told his team it could be dangerous if shards fell off and hit his helmet, knowing his message would be sent back to him. FIA race directors and managers make all the official decisions during an F1 event.
A few laps later, race director Eduardo Freitas issued Magnussen with a black and orange flag, indicating a driver must enter the race for safety reasons.
Magnussen said the decision was a complete overreaction.
“I’m talking to Ocon right now and he’s just joking about how he told the FIA it was really bad,” Dane told journalists after his interview on TV pen.
“If you knew you could influence the FIA like that, you would do it, wouldn’t you? That’s what he did, fair play.
“But you have to let us drive with that —, nothing.
“I keep up, the car is fine. The front spoiler is safe, not broken.”
“Remember last year’s Jeddah, Lewis Hamilton won the race without the front half…which I think is correct, you know. Let us race if we can.”
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Asked if he would seek clarification from the FIA about the incident, Magnussen said there had been a clear change in approach to certain decisions this year. At the final lap in Baku, Yuki Tsunoda was issued a black and orange flag for the broken rear wing and in Monaco the start of the race was delayed due to rain and problems with the starting lights.
“I don’t know. The feeling is suddenly very different. Monaco they didn’t arrest us because it started to drizzle. I was called in because I had a scratch on the front wing.”
It was a disappointing race for Haas, which had promised a lot.
Magnussen and Mick Schumacher started fifth and sixth respectively after the team equalized their best ever qualifying record, but neither driver scored.
Schumacher’s race ended when his power unit failed on lap 20.