Palmer factors to Hamilton harm after Magnussen’s compelled pit cease

Jolyon Palmer believes the FIA are clamping down on broken vehicles on monitor extra, citing the instance of Lewis Hamilton on the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Magnussen picked up some entrance wing harm whereas battling Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap in Montreal, together with his right-side endplate flapping about following the contact between the 2 vehicles.

Esteban Ocon, following behind in his Alpine, radioed in to his engineer to complain in regards to the hazard of the endplate falling off and hitting him, with the black and orange flag being proven to Magnussen shortly after. This flag is an instruction from Race Management to come back in and restore the harm.

Magnussen did so on Lap 7, falling to the very again of the sector on account of the timing of the compelled cease. His afternoon was ruined from there, with the Danish driver coming residence in seventeenth place on the chequered flag.

Magnussen was significantly aggravated by the enforced cease, feeling that the harm had on no account been harmful or compromising to his personal tempo.

Palmer, analysing the race for F1TV, mentioned Magnussen’s harm was no worse than what Lewis Hamilton picked up after placing the again of Max Verstappen‘s Purple Bull in Jeddah final season – a race that Hamilton received and was essential to maintain the title battle alive.

“The massive one which we noticed, nearly 10 races in the past now, was when Hamilton hit the again of Verstappen in Jedda,” he mentioned.

“Now Lewis didn’t need to pit and didn’t get a black and orange flag for harm that appeared fairly just like Magnussen within the Haas this 12 months.

“The harm was very comparable, and Hamilton crucially didn’t need to pit to type that out, he might keep on and win the race.

“It might have been so totally different if Hamilton needed to pit to type that out. So perhaps [it’s] the FIA simply tightening that up. It’s a security situation, a possible security situation, in calling Magnussen into the pits.”


With the FIA making root-and-branch modifications throughout race governance over the winter, in mild of the fallout from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Palmer suspects it’s one other space the governing physique are clamping down to make sure the letter of the laws is adopted.

“Perhaps we’re going to see extra drivers get these black and orange flags as a result of now, twice in a row, with Yuki Tsunoda’s rear wing in Baku and Magnussen’s entrance wing in Montreal, it’s derailed their whole Grand Prix for a bit of bit of harm,” he mentioned.

“On one hand, you’d say ‘OK, truthful sufficient’. That perhaps might go a bit of bit additional, that may very well be a hazard for the driving force behind and so you may perceive, in a single respect, the black and orange flag however we haven’t seen many of those flags for entrance wing damages earlier than. Magnussen wasn’t shedding components, it was simply flailing round a bit of bit.”

With Magnussen’s fifth-place grid begin potential going begging on account of the incident, Palmer mentioned it’s maybe time for his former team-mate to see a bit of extra circumspect in terms of beginning a race.

“[There’s been] a few incidents for Magnussen with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes,” he mentioned.

“He’s so excited on the entrance of the grid. It’s nice to see him on the entrance of the grid once more on his return, he appears a rejuvenated driver and we have now seen additionally the great aspect of him preventing on the entrance this 12 months and this was one other one.

“I’m positive Guenther Steiner and Haas are very annoyed as a result of they’re dropping factors and so they’ve bought a automobile that has some efficiency. However when Kevin does get it proper, it’s superb.

“It’s simply typically preventing corners which are in all probability a misplaced trigger in opposition to the Mercedes which can also be basically a a lot faster automobile than the Haas. So a little bit of frustration there I feel for Magnussen and Haas will simply be hoping they’ll get these certified positions once more and simply have a cleaner first lap as a result of, a few instances in a row, it’s price them.”

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