Le­clerc slates ‘stupid’ Mag­nussen af­ter col­li­sion

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE -

Sauber driver Charles Le­clerc be­lieved Kevin Mag­nussen should have been pe­nalised for his de­fence of 12th place at the start of the se­cond lap of the race that led to the pair col­lid­ing. Le­clerc was clos­ing on Mag­nussen on the start/fin­ish straight when he jinked to the right at the same time as the Dane moved that way in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Le­clerc’s at­tempt to pass. Le­clerc hit the rear of Mag­nussen’s car, sus­tain­ing front-wing dam­age that forced a change un­der the safety car. Mag­nussen suf­fered a left-rear punc­ture and sub­se­quently re­tired af­ter the flail­ing rub­ber left a large amount of carbonfibre from the Haas around the track as he recovered to the pits. “I don’t un­der­stand why he hasn’t been pe­nalised to­day,”said Le­clerc, who later also re­tired.“i need to un­der­stand be­cause if that’s pos­si­ble then I’ll do that next time and I will also ex­pect a driver to do that. It’s dan­ger­ous at this type of speed.” Mag­nussen was not pe­nalised be­cause stew­ards con­sid­ered that both drivers moved to the right si­mul­ta­ne­ously, mean­ing it was not con­sid­ered to be a late block. “I think it is im­pos­si­ble to say Kevin blocked him,”said F1 race di­rec­tor Char­lie Whit­ing. “It was just that he had made the de­ci­sion, he was go­ing to go right, frac­tion­ally af­ter Charles had.”

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