Magnussen began fifth alongside team-mate Mick Schumacher after a standout qualifying session for Haas, however his hopes of a powerful factors end evaporated after a brush with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, which prompted injury to his entrance wing.
Magnussen’s right-hand aspect endplate was dangling off the aspect of the wing for a number of laps, which was noticed by the chasing Alpine driver Esteban Ocon.
Whereas Haas reassured Magnussen that the injury had “little or no impact”, Ocon was of a special opinion. When notified by the group, Ocon stated on the radio: “Yeah I can see it is hanging on, it should fall. If he loses it, I will hit it within the face.”
Figuring out FIA race management would hear in, Ocon was clearly lobbying for Magnussen to get the black and orange flag and be despatched to the pits for repairs, which duly occurred as he was instructed to field on the finish of lap 7.
Afterwards, Magnussen was aggravated at how he thought Ocon had been capable of affect race management, saying the Frenchman even got here as much as him after the race to joke about how he helped get him out of the best way.
“I used to be simply speaking to Ocon now and he was joking how he informed the FIA that it was actually dangerous,” Magnussen stated. “If you may affect the FIA like that, you are going to do it, aren’t you? Which he type of did, and truthful play.
“However you have to allow us to drive with that shit, it is nothing. I simply had a little bit of contact, nothing severe. Scratched my entrance wing somewhat bit after which was informed to pit.”
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522
Picture by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Photos
Magnussen, who had expressed his concern for race management’s inconsistency final week in Baku, says his black and orange flag was one other instance of the way it’s onerous for drivers and groups to determine what the foundations are.
“The automotive was effective,” he identified. “The entrance wing was protected, it was not damaged off.
“Suppose again to Jeddah final yr, Lewis Hamilton gained the race with half a entrance wing, which I believe is right. Allow us to race if we are able to.
“It looks like abruptly very completely different. In Monaco they do not begin us as a result of it began drizzling, after which right here I am known as in as a result of I’ve a scratch on my entrance wing.”
Going off-strategy so early ruined Magnussen’s race, because the group didn’t make an bold one-stopper on onerous tyres work, leaving the Dane to complete down in seventeenth.
“We tried to do the remainder of the race on one set of hards, [which was] all the time going to be troublesome,” he added.
“You are still making an attempt to struggle your manner into the factors, you by no means know what can occur, so that you’re pushing as onerous as you may. Nothing got here out of it at the moment, however we’ll strive once more subsequent time.”
To finish Haas’ Canadian nightmare, Schumacher retired from eighth early on with a suspected energy unit concern, that means the German’s quest for his first profession factors continues.