Kevin Magnussen can’t wait for ‘disrespectful’ Alonso to retire

Kevin Magnussen has hit out at Fernando Alonso following their clash in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, saying he "laughed in my face" and "thinks he's a god"

Kevin Magnussen can’t wait for ‘disrespectful’ Alonso to retire

Alonso tried to pass Magnussen round the outside into the first chicane on the final lap in Q2, but the pair ended up scrapping for position and ruining each other's laps as they both missed out on a berth in the top 10 shootout.

The two-time champion laughed off the encounter on team radio and aimed derisive comments at Magnussen after the session, with the Haas driver now firing back.

"I don't care to speculate why he did it. I think it was just pretty stupid and not necessary," said Magnussen, who earlier this year compared Alonso's complaints to Neymar's diving in the 2018 football World Cup after they clashed in multiple sessions of the British Grand Prix.

"He thought he could have the perfect slipstream and overtake me. He gained - I don't know how many tenths - but you gain a lot if you do that.

"But I'm not going to let him pass me, and sacrifice my own lap. No way. I know he thinks he's a god, but no way."

Alonso had pointed to Magnussen passing him on the out-lap as a cause of the incident, with the Haas driver offering his take.

"We were kind of six or eight cars, in a bit of a group," Magnussen recalled. "And at the exit of Ascari, Fernando was warming his brakes, I think, so not going fast.

"And I'm going fast, so I just cruised past him. But then for some reason he decides to try and accelerate and get close to me, rather than create a gap, as everyone else is doing.

"Obviously he got a perfect slipstream and thought he could overtake into Turn 1 - but I'd rather hang myself."

Asked about Alonso's jovial reaction on the radio, Magnussen said: "He came to me after qualifying and laughed to my face.

"Just outright disrespectful. I can't wait for him to retire."

When prompted, Magnussen also commented on the Spaniard's perceived tendency to compliment himself, specifically his comments in Baku: "He's talking about his laps being divine and whatnot.

"He literally thinks he's a god. It's pretty amusing."

The stewards investigated the run-in after the session and called up both drivers, but ultimately ruled that the incident "did not specifically constitute unnecessary impeding by either driver".

"If you impede someone while you're on a push lap yourself, it's not impeding apparently," Magnussen said. "That part is the same as with Kimi [Raikkonen] in France.

"Perhaps something we need to look at. I don't really mind, as long as it's the same for everyone, it's fine.

"It'd be interested to see, if it was the other way [around], how it would be. But [I] can only speculate."

shares
comments
Vettel refuses to explain his curt Q3 radio message to Ferrari
Previous article

Vettel refuses to explain his curt Q3 radio message to Ferrari

Next article

Verstappen: Renault engine still over a second off Mercedes/Ferrari

Verstappen: Renault engine still over a second off Mercedes/Ferrari
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