The shine is coming off Magnussen’s feel-good F1 return

Kevin Magnussen celebrating a “viking comeback” to Formulation 1 with a fifth place within the Formulation 1’s 2022 season-opener was one of many championship’s most healthful feel-good tales in recent times.

The jubilant post-races scenes of a beaming Magnussen celebrating together with his household and a Haas staff lastly having a purpose to rejoice after a painful and pointless 2021 season will reside lengthy within the reminiscence of any fan of F1’s midfield.

However the shine is effectively and really beginning to come off Magnussen’s dream F1 comeback and there’s an all-too-familiar sense of frustration and missed alternative.

The Spanish Grand Prix marked the debut of improve packages for a lot of of Haas’ midfield rivals, however the staff stood nonetheless, realizing its one and solely main improve bundle of the season wouldn’t be due till mid-July.

Nevertheless that didn’t cease Magnussen from claiming eighth place on the grid and he was difficult Lewis Hamilton for sixth place on the opening lap when the duo collided on the Flip 4 right-hander.

Magnussen was making an attempt to go across the exterior of the seven-time champion who was slowed by coming off second-best in his combat with Carlos Sainz by means of the primary three corners.

However Hamilton understeered barely broad and clobbered Magnussen who had left him little room together with his formidable transfer.

Magnussen was absolutely entitled to go for it and the stewards rightly determined no additional motion was needed, however Magnussen went for a high-risk transfer with a driver who had a a lot faster automobile and in the end misplaced a factors end due to it.

Magnussen is a racing driver so in fact, he’s going to race the automobile in entrance of him, however you’re far much less more likely to see different midfield leaders like Lando Norris overreach and decide up injury whereas doing it.

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As a one-off incident like that sort of gamble is comprehensible, however Magnussen had simply come from the Miami GP the place he’d picked up a penalty and retired after the second of two collisions with Lance Stroll.

On the Canadian GP, he tried a equally formidable transfer – once more on Hamilton – and had his race wrecked in consequence.

After taking the skin line by means of Flip 2, Magnussen stayed alongside Hamilton however the Flip 3 nook that follows is a decent right-left part – and Magnussen’s entrance proper clipped the appropriate facet of Hamilton’s automobile.

This solely “scratched” his entrance wing based on Magnussen however through some lobbying from his rivals, the stewards determined to pressure Magnussen to pit for a brand new entrance wing.

“Yeah, I used to be simply speaking to [Esteban] Ocon now and he was simply joking how he instructed the FIA that it was actually dangerous,” Magnussen stated after the race.

“If you already know you may affect the FIA like that, you’re going to do it, aren’t you? Which is what he did. Truthful play.”

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As in Spain the place he merely stated he hadn’t seen the incident but, Magnussen was quick and sharp together with his post-race responses, disregarding the contact with Hamilton Montreal as “it’s what it’s”.

Magnussen’s ire with the stewards exhibiting him the black and orange flag in Canada adopted him main the criticism of the delayed begin to the Monaco GP.

He stated he “didn’t actually perceive” the choice and when instructed of the explanation for it [concern that the drivers hadn’t driven in the wet that weekend yet] he replied: “Was that it? That’s high quality, we’re skilled drivers, it’s not WEC.”

In Montreal, Magnussen stated the stewarding had “felt totally different” not too long ago, and once more referenced the Monaco GP begin.

Magnussen has understandably forged a extra downbeat determine throughout the final 5 races – the place a pair of seventeenth locations mark the one time that he’s taken the chequered flag.

As Haas falls additional behind its rivals because the understanding of their new improve packages will increase, there’s an actual sense of frustration that the staff hasn’t capitalised when it’s had the automobile to take it to a lot larger than the ninth place it at present occupies within the constructors’ championship.

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An often-justified sense that he’s not getting the outcomes he deserves and frustration on the stewards have been all hallmarks of Magnussen’s prior six years in F1.

And it seems the cruel realities of F1’s midfield has shortly set again in for the Dane, so regardless that his fifth place on the grid in Montreal reveals he’s nonetheless greater than able to delivering giant-killing outcomes, a lot of what harm his earlier F1 stint threatens to taint his comeback.

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