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

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Kevin Magnussen
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021