A sly radio message from Esteban Ocon seems to have influenced the FIA over Kevin Magnussen’s broken entrance wing.
The Haas driver made contact with Lewis Hamilton throughout the opening lap of the race which appeared to bend his entrance wing. Magnussen spoke along with his engineer however was instructed they discovered it was not making any impression on efficiency and so he wouldn’t must pit for a brand new entrance wing.
Nevertheless, shortly after, Magnussen was waved the black and orange flag by the stewards which ordered him to return to the pits and restore the broken half. This, together with a Digital Security Automotive only a couple laps later, successfully ended Magnussen’s race who had carried out effectively on Saturday to begin P5.
Magnussen stated the harm “was nothing” and that he didn’t get the ruling by the FIA however it might have been a radio message by one among his rivals that influenced their resolution.
On the TV broadcast, Ocon was heard telling his engineer that he believed the piece might fall and was harmful.
“Yeah, I can see it’s hanging on, it’s going to fall. If he loses it, I’m going to hit it within the face,” Ocon stated.
Nevertheless, Magnussen revealed Ocon had come as much as him after the race laughing saying he stated that to affect the FIA.
“I used to be simply speaking to Ocon now and he was joking how he instructed the FIA that it was actually dangerous,” Magnussen stated, as reported by Motorsport.com.
“If you possibly can affect the FIA like that, you’re going to do it, aren’t you? Which he kind of did, and truthful play.
“However you’ve bought to allow us to drive with that s**t, it’s nothing. I simply had a little bit of contact, nothing critical. Scratched my entrance wing a bit of bit after which was instructed to pit.”
It was the second time in as many races a black and orange flag was proven with Yuki Tsunoda needing repairs to his DRS flap in Baku however Magnussen believes drivers needs to be allowed to get on with it.
“The automobile was high quality,” he stated. “The entrance wing was secure, it was not damaged off.
“Suppose again to Jeddah final yr, Lewis Hamilton received the race with half a entrance wing, which I believe is appropriate. Allow us to race if we are able to.
“It appears like immediately very totally different. In Monaco they don’t begin us as a result of it began drizzling, after which right here I’m referred to as in as a result of I’ve a scratch on my entrance wing.”