Canadian Grand Prix – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen has clarified his mid-race radio outburst, saying that his emotions were running high at the time.
Haas had a torrid time in Montreal, arguably all caused by one incident. In qualifying, Magnussen had just made it through into Q3 when he dropped his VF-19 out of the final corner and hit the Wall of Champions. Keeping his foot down, he lost the rear of the car and hit the pit wall hard to end his session. Romain Grosjean, not far behind, was caught up in the yellow flags and was thus eliminated from Q2 as he was unable to improve.
With Grosjean starting from P14 as a result, Kevin Magnussen’s Q3 place also went to waste as he was forced to change chassis and gearbox, triggering a mandatory start from the pitlane.
Starting on the Hard tyre, Magnussen was able to pick his way up to a high of P14 before his pitstop on Lap 41 to swap to the Medium tyre. He didn’t enjoy it though, radioing in to say “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had in a race car”, initially sounding quite angry. Once his race engineer came on the radio to say that none of the team were enjoying it and that they had worked through the night to fix up his crashed car, Magnussen appeared more contrite as he said “I know, I know”, before team boss Guenther Steiner interrupted him to say: “It’s not enjoyable for us either, but enough means enough”.
Bringing his car home in P17, Magnussen explained his frustrations: “We have such a good car, and qualifying is brilliant, we can fight anyone in the midfield – and we’ve been on ‘best of the rest’ pole many times this year. So, it’s very hard to keep emotions under control in situations like today. Emotions run so high, I’ve never felt so hopeless and disappointed.”
“There was nothing meant towards the team over the radio. They did an amazing job this weekend. I made a mistake in qualifying, and they’ve been able to build me a completely new car for the race today. They’ve done a great job and built me a beautiful car, and it’s extremely good in qualifying but we just have these tires that don’t work in the race for us. It’s hard to not be very disappointed, I know the whole team is. They deserve a lot better.”