Magnussen “annoyed” by lack of penalty for Verstappen clash

Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen says the inconsistency of penalties in Formula 1 annoys him more than the actual move by Max Verstappen that put him on the grass in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Magnussen “annoyed” by lack of penalty for Verstappen clash
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Team VF-17
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Team VF-17
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Team
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13, collides, Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
 Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team Team VF-17

Verstappen had just passed Magnussen for the final points-paying position when they arrived at the Roggia chicane in close proximity.

Verstappen edged over to the right just as Magnussen was moving alongside, causing the Dane to run on to the grass and take to the escape road. While he didn’t complain much about the move itself being dangerous, Magnussen did believe that Verstappen should have been penalised.

“I was annoyed, but only because there was no penalty,” he said. “That was pushing someone off the track. It is racing, stuff happens, but at least the penalty should be the same for everyone, that is my point.

“This was on the braking, he didn’t leave me enough room so I went on the grass and missed the corner. I had run-off there, but if not it would have been the end – I’d be in the gravel or in the wall.

“I didn’t have a great chance to pass him back in that corner, so there was no reason for him not to give me the space, perhaps he just didn’t judge it right, but my point is the penalties should be the same for everyone.

“P11 is probably the best result we could’ve got, but it’s still annoying when you’ve run in the points the whole race and get done at the end. But we weren’t fast enough.”

When asked about it after the race, Verstappen shrugged off the incident: “To be honest, I don’t really feel it was an incident, also I don’t really care.”

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