Magnussen texted second apology to Gasly after Baku

Published on 11 May 2018 11:28

Kevin Magnussen says that he apologised to Pierre Gasly for a second time in text form after the two came together in Baku. At a late safety car restart in the Azerbaijan race, Gasly was squeezed into the wall by Magnussen at high speed.

Magnussen was handed a ten second time penalty for the incident, and Gasly branding the Dane as "the most dangerous driver I've ever raced with". However, the Toro Rosso driver revealed that Magnussen sent an apology message after the race.

"He sent me a text after the weekend just to apologise once again,” he said. “I was frustrated after the race and didn’t really listen to him so he sent me a message. We’re all clear now. We just need to make sure we don’t face a similar situation again because in the end it wasn’t good for both of us.

"It probably damaged even more his car, it damaged my car, so we missed an opportunity to get points which was my main frustration because there was potentially one or two points possible for us.”

The ten second time penalty solidified Magnussen's place as the last classified driver to cross the line in Baku. Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said he was able to sleep easy with the penalty decision but never expected it to be any more than ten seconds.

"I [found out about] it in the evening,” said Steiner. “I slept very well because we got our penalty, they cannot give you more penalty because somebody else wants less penalty. I didn’t know from the Williams side why they did it, they must have had their reasons and I respect that.

"They tried to do something. I think their aim was to reduce [Sergey] Sirotkin’s penalty and not to get ours higher. I was interested, obviously, because it’s my job, but I was not paranoid or afraid or anything,” he added.


Fergal Walsh

Replies (7)
Posts: 372
He should text Leclerc now, for his dumb-ass move during FP1. Not impressed by K-Mag's racing of his fellow competitors.
DK RenaultFM1 11 May 2018 13:050
Posts: 100
it is ffs FP1 your dumb swedish f... They all to that agin and again..
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They're still driving really fast, and need to respect one another, FP1 or not. And please, I would ask you to refrain from calling me dumb or using other profanities when addressing me or other commentators on this web site. Shut it if you are unable to use a civil tone.
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and before anyone starts, I wasn't calling K-Mag dumb. I was calling what he did dumb. Feel free to argue the point that it was smart.
SE calle.itw 11 May 2018 15:43+1
Posts: 5263
As I've said before, I like KMag's pace, but Im not fond of that aggressiveness. Its one thing driving aggressive, its another story being a berserk. And seeing as he is driving a Haas, a car that is literally falling apart midrace, I wouldnt be too comfortable being involved in incidents anyway. Just imagine how much better he woulda done last year had he cooled off a bit.
US ajpennypacker 11 May 2018 18:36+1
Posts: 1259
Well I think it's pretty obvious that reprimands and public condemnation have done nothing to calm K-Mag down. What he did on FP1 was stupid. Yes drivers do block each other in practice sessions, but not like that. That would have been investigated if it happened during a race. It's really a shame because performance-wise he's having the best year of his career, but instead all people can talk about are his absurd antics
Posts: 22
well according to danish media it was a misunderstanding, Mag had passed a yellow flag, which by them mtime LeC got there, was out. So Mag was slowing hes pace. Dont know if thats just an excuse to not get penalized. However, all other drivers must now know to think twice, before attempting a doubtful overtake, so as hard racing and might even dumb as it seems, it will benefit him on sundays. That beeing said i think that unfortunately, there has developed a trend amongst all drivers, that when K-mag does something somewhat stupid, its like aaah him again.

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