The Bad Boy”formula 1 has struck again: Kevin Magnussen’s later change of track against Clean Youngster Charles Leclerc provided plenty of discussion material at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and at the driver’s interview before the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.
Leclerc ticked after the collision already on Funk aus: “Magnussen is stupid and will always be stupid,” said the Monegasse and got back cover from numerous colleagues after the race.
Force-India pilot Esteban Ocon and Toro-Rosso driver Brendon Hartley also denounced the repeated reckless behaviour of the Dane. In any case, he has lost his Rowdy image and enjoys this when he shows himself unaware of his habits: “This is how I drive. I don’t want to be someone you can just run over,”he said to Suzuka. And even though it can be heard from the driver’s letter with FIA racing director Charlie Whiting in Texas that Magnussen is now showing a little more leniency, the criticism of his colleagues does not dispel.
Nico Hullkenberg, in any case something like the intimate enemy of Denmark, finds clear words: “What he did in Japan against Leclerc, I just can’t. It’s not against the law, but as he always does, colleague, it’s just not fair. He comes over late, tries to kill the moment, says “Hulk” at “Image”. The relationship between the German and Haas pilots escalated after the Hungarian Grand Prix 2017, when Hullkenberg presented the Danes on camera and called them “the most unfair pilots” in the field. Magnussen’s hard-hitting answer at the time: “Suck my balls…”
Magnussen “just borderline on the move”
In the fight for the front center field seats behind the three top teams, the two fighting hens meet again and again this season. In any case, Hikenberg is warned and says, “You must always think for him and be careful. He’s just borderline on the move.”Words that might come across deaf ears in a 26-year-old. I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t get involved in such small stuff. All the comments and analyses are there, but they do not itch me.”
However, the colleagues Magnussen do not want to let go so easily: the discussion in the Austin driver’s letter shows that penalties for manoeuvres like in Suzuka are also desired and demanded by the drivers. In conclusion, Hullkenberg: “This last collision with Leclerc is his handwriting. It can also be seen: front wing meets rear tyre, then the car rises over it. If he keeps driving like this, it’s gonna happen.”