Kevin Magnussen’s weekend showed a lot of promise after his brilliant qualifying lap placing him at P5 in a wet affair Canada. With Charles Leclerc given a grid penalty and the likes of George Russell and Sergio Perez, it was seen as an opportunity for the midfield teams to score some points. Hass was definitely in that conversation and with both their drivers making it to Q3, it started to more and more realistic.
From both drivers making it to Q3 to neither of them able to get anything out of the Canadian GP, it went horribly wrong for Haas and Guenther Steiner. While Mick Schumacher had to retire out of the race, Kevin Magnussen was on the receiving end of a duel with Lewis Hamilton, leading to some damage inflicted on the front wing of that Haas.
The Dane was aggressive from the get go, trying to get ahead of the seven time world champion. But Lewis, like the seasoned operator he is, knew where to place his car and that’s what he did. But in that battle, Kevin Magnussen came off worse after contact with Lewis Hamilton. It felt like a replay from the Spanish GP. Kevin Magnussen after the contact was asked by the FIA to change the wing which shut down any opportunity for him to win any sort of points.
Kevin Magnussen appalled with FIA’s decision after tussle with Lewis Hamilton
This is something that has not gone down well with the Haas driver who has not held back to express his feelings. Magnussen said, “I was just talking to Ocon now and he was just joking how he told the FIA that it was really bad. If you know you can influence the FIA like that, you’re going to do it, aren’t you?“
“Which is what he did. Fair play. But you’ve got to let us drive with that s***, it’s nothing.”
“Monaco they don’t start us because it starts drizzling. Here I’m called in because I have a scratch on my front wing,” as reported by gpblog.
This topic has always been a hot topic for debate as it’s about letting the drivers race and the safety. But it’ll be a little risky for FIA to let the drivers do that. Therefore ideally, the benefit of doubt should go to the governing body.