Alonso hits out at Magnussen after F1 Italian GP qualifying clash

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has mocked Haas's Kevin Magnussen for dropping out in Q2 during qualifying for Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix after an on-track run-in

Alonso hits out at Magnussen after F1 Italian GP qualifying clash

Alonso and Magnussen got in each other's way in the final moments of the second segment, as Alonso got a run on Magnussen on the start-finish straight and attempted to overtake the Dane around the outside into Variante del Rettifilo.

He was ahead entering the first part of the chicane but Magnussen did not yield his position, and both drivers' laps were compromised as Alonso ran wide exiting the section.

"Magnussen wanted to race into Turn 1," Alonso radioed to his team with a hint of laughter, while the Dane appeared to be less amused, asking the Haas pitwall: "What the hell was Fernando doing?"

The run-in left both drivers out of Q3, with Magnussen 11th - having missed out by just a hundredth of a second - and Alonso 13th.

In the aftermath, the TV feed captured an argument between McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Haas team boss Gunther Steiner in the pitlane.

Following the incident, Alonso argued that Magnussen cut in line during the warm-up lap and reckoned the incident made more of a difference to Haas, which is ahead of McLaren in the pecking order this weekend.

"We were all running together at the end of the out-lap and with all that traffic one of the Haas cars decided to overtake and start the lap in the middle of all the cars that were more or less in position," said Alonso.

"So we started the lap together and we reached the first corner together and we ruined both our laps.

"There are many classes of drivers and then there are the Haas ones, who have the third or fourth-best car of the grid and are out in Q2.

"I got into Q2, which is one of the things that I wanted.

"It doesn't change much for me, I guess more for them, but it's fun, a lot of fun."

Both Alonso and Magnussen have been summoned to the FIA stewards over the incident.

shares
comments
Raikkonen beats Vettel and Hamilton to pole in Monza qualifying
Previous article

Raikkonen beats Vettel and Hamilton to pole in Monza qualifying

Next article

FIA working on new version of halo for 2021 with better appearance

FIA working on new version of halo for 2021 with better appearance
Load comments
The six F1 subplots to watch in 2022 as a new era begins Plus

The six F1 subplots to watch in 2022 as a new era begins

As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, Autosport picks out six other key elements to follow this season

Why newly-retired Raikkonen won't miss F1 Plus

Why newly-retired Raikkonen won't miss F1

After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Autosport on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2022
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022