Magnussen began fifth alongside teammate Mick Schumacher after a standout qualifying session for Haas. However his hopes of a powerful factors end evaporate after a brush with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, which induced injury to his entrance wing.
Magnussen’s right-hand facet endplate was dangling off the facet 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 unique 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’ll hit it within the face.”
Figuring out FIA race management would pay attention 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 to joke about how he helped get his competitor 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 unhealthy,” Magnussen stated. “If you understand you possibly can affect the FIA like that, you are going to do it, aren’t you? Which he kind of did, and honest play.
“However you have to allow us to drive with that shit, it is nothing. I simply had a little bit of contact, nothing critical. Scratched my entrance wing just a little bit after which was informed to pit.”
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Pictures
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 exhausting for drivers and groups to determine what the foundations are.
“The automobile was effective,” he identified. “The entrance wing was secure, it was not damaged off.
“Suppose again to Jeddah final 12 months, 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 seems like all of a sudden 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 did not make an bold one stopper on exhausting 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] at all times going to be troublesome,” he added.
“You are still attempting to battle your method into the factors, you by no means know what can occur, so that you’re pushing as exhausting as you possibly can. Nothing got here out of it at the moment, however we’ll attempt once more subsequent time.”
To finish Haas’ Canadian nightmare, Schumacher retired from eighth early on with a suspected energy unit difficulty, that means the German’s quest for his first profession factors continues.