Magnussen blasts Alonso for his disrespectful behaviour after the Q2 incident between the duo.
Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso had an ugly incident during Q2, when Magnussen defended his position when Alonso was comfortably going to overtake him during the dying stages of Q2.
While the two did manage to avoid a collision, they were entangled in what seemed like an ugly situation for both drivers.
And yes, neither of them were happy, and they did not hide their frustration while addressing the media later.
“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,” said Alonso.
Alonso further criticised Magnussen for overtaking during the out lap.
“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,” he said.
“So we started the lap together and we reached the first corner together and we ruined both our laps.” he added.
Now, Magnussen has launched a scathing attack on Alonso, saying that he thinks he’s god and that he can’t wait for him to retire from F1.
“I don’t care to speculate why he did it. I think it was just pretty stupid and not necessary,” said Magnussen, who had previous disagreements with McLaren driver Alonso earlier this year.
“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.” Magnussen said.
Just back from K-Mag’s press session – he held no punches about Alonso. Said the Spaniard “literally thinks he’s a god”, says he can’t wait for him to retire. More coming up….
— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) September 1, 2018
Magnussen justified his overtake during the out lap, confirming that he did so because Alonso was warming his brakes.
“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 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.” he added.
Magnussen was absolutely livid for what Alonso did after qualifying, as he laughed at Magnussen’s face.
“He came to me after qualifying and laughed to my face.
“Just outright disrespectful. Can’t wait for him to retire.” a livid Magnussen said.
He then reemphasised on the ‘Alonso thinks he is god’ statement, saying that he has this habit of complimenting himself a little too much.
“He’s talking about his laps being divine and whatnot. He literally thinks he’s a god. It’s pretty amusing.” Magnussen said.
“If you impede someone while you’re on a push lap yourself, it’s not impeding apparently
“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.” he concluded.