Magnussen "can't wait" for Alonso to retire

  • 01 Sep 2018 18:20
  • comments 19
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Kevin Magnussen has slammed Fernando Alonso following their incident during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, stating that he "can't wait" for the Spaniard to retire. Both drivers dropped out of Q2 after disrupting each other's final hot laps.

Magnussen overtook Alonso as they headed into the Parabolica curve to start their flying laps. Alonso pulled alongside Magnussen and battled him for position into the corner, which caused them both to lose time. 

The Stewards took no further action on the incident, and both men will line up in P11 and P13 on Sunday, with Magnussen ahead of Alonso. But the Dane had harsh words for the two-time world champion after their altercation.

“He thought he could have the perfect slipstream and overtake me and then gain,” Magnussen said. “I’m not going to let him past me and sacrifice my own lap. No way. He thinks he’s God, but no way. He came to me after qualifying and laughed to my face. Just outright disrespectful. I can’t wait for him to retire.”

Alonso announced over the summer break that he would be leaving the sport at the end of the season. Magnussen has defended the overtake he made on the entry into the Parabolica, saying that Alonso was going too slow to not be overtaken.

"Fernando was intentionally trying to be close in the exit of Parabolica,” the 25-year-old said. "Even on the entry of Parabolica, he was intentionally trying to be close in order to have a perfect slipstream and overtake into Turn 1. It’s just disrespectful. We were kind of six or eight cars in a bit of a group, and at the exit of Ascari, Fernando was warming his brakes I think, not going fast.

"I’m going fast so I just cruised past him. But then for some reason he tries to accelerate and get close to me instead of creating a gap like everyone else is doing. Obviously he got a perfect slipstream and thought he could overtake into Turn 1, but I’d rather hang myself.”

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  • It was delightful to see Magnussen get screwed by his own stupidity. He could have maintained the gap like everyone else but he wanted to get ahead of Alonso. I assume, Alonso sick of Magnussen's constant bullshit decided to teach him a lesson. I don't think Kevin will learn anything from this, but at least it was fun to watch and then to read his butthurt comments.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 19:40
    • Jutlandia

      Posts: 180

      So you think it's okay for Alonso to spoil Magnussens hot lap even if he would never gain anything with the speed his McSlow car?
      And what do you mean by stupidity, If he stayed behind the "God" it would be the same as giving up his lap, because of orange car slow speed.
      Do you at all understand a racer's mind?

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 20:10
    • Oh please... I get your need to defend the local boy, but it was Magnussen that passed Alonso during the warm up lap. He should have maintained a gap like everyone else. That's what you do in the last corner of the warm up lap. But Magnussen thought he could abuse Alonso without consequence by passing him while slowing down to maintain the gap. What Alonso did was petty, but it was awesome. You can call that belligerence from Magnussen "racer mind" but all it's done so far is earn him a reputation as an asshole. But again, I understand that as a Dane you need to defend him.

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 21:51
  • Hepp

    Posts: 198

    Pot meet Kettle, Kettle meet pot.
    KMag ... lesson learned?
    Alo... Not so rough on the youngsters
    KMag ... Learn to shut up and drive ... then learn how to race.
    Alo ... learn to shut up.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 20:33
    • "Excellent deduction, Jill"

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      • Sep 2 2018 - 08:19
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    AJPP - so wrong on this one mate - Alonso was in the wrong and made himself look a twat. Mag had all on not to hit ALO, you could see him steering the car away from ALO - in no way his fault imo.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 20:58
    • Jutlandia

      Posts: 180

      You're so right on this!
      These last years Alonso has become an arrogant "I know best, and everybody has to listen to me" type of person.

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 21:03
    • @blade Magnussen started it all (as usual) by overtaking Alonso in the last corner of the warm up lap. Who the hell does that? Everyone slows down to maintain the gap. Why not maintain the gap and be respectful like EVERYONE ELSE. Kevin got what he deserved. It's shocking that people don't see that Kevin initiated the abuse.

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 21:54
  • This is why I like this guy. He tells it how it is.
    Of course he is right.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 21:19
  • Grego21

    Posts: 5

    Makes a guy wonder what the FIA would have done if the roles were switched and KMAG drove ALO dirty into turn 1.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 21:30
    • You mean like in France and Kevin got no penalty? It's dirty and it's a racing or qualifying incident. Are. You advocating for more steward intervention?

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 21:55
  • Bhurt

    Posts: 320

    When AJPENNYPACKER is the voice of reason, one starts to doubt the state of humanity. On top of that, Kevin Magnussen time and time again manages to make Alonso appear likeable by comparison. I don't know what's more moronic; his driving or his interviews. "I'd rather hang myself". I honestly don't know what his helmet is meant to be protecting but it's something that's fully developed that's for sure.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 22:49
    • even a broken clock is right twice a day.. ;-)

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 23:15
    • Freguz

      Posts: 159

      Not a digital clock isn’t... ;-)
      And that is the problem here. Assumptions, the mother of all fuckups.

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      • Sep 2 2018 - 08:46
  • jj284b

    Posts: 15

    Personally, i cant wait for Magnussen to retire.. At least he got his own medicine this time.. Sometimes i wonder why Gene Haas damages his name with such a terrible pilots...

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    • Sep 2 2018 - 08:40
    • websurfer

      Posts: 49

      JJ284B - if you were just a bit objective, maybe some people would listen to you.

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      • Sep 2 2018 - 22:37
  • The most important question is: When will Alonso come out and say "Magnussen apologized to me via email".

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    • Sep 2 2018 - 11:03
  • The big question is: who sucked who's balls this time?

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    • Sep 2 2018 - 12:30
  • siggy74

    Posts: 64

    K mag hopes to have a race day when all retire except him ;p

    But then he will have the same feeling as now with no friends to share the podium, let alone the race track.

    Same class driving today we see ;p

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    • Sep 2 2018 - 21:40

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