Date published: October 8 2018
Sauber team boss Frederic Vasseur has slammed Kevin Magnussen for his “f****** dangerous’ move on Charles Leclerc at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Arguably, nobody defends position harder than the Haas driver and, when trying to keep Sauber’s Leclerc at bay on the start/finish straight in Japan, his late move resulted in a race-ruining puncture before retiring from the action.
Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, was once again forced to defend his driver, while Leclerc said Magnussen “is and always will be stupid”.
His boss echoed those sentiments.
“From my point of view it was quite obvious, but there was no further action,” Vasseur told Autosport. “I was a bit surprised.
“He’s involved in all the big crashes throughout the season, if you have a look. I’m not the referee, it’s the FIA. They have to take decisions or not.
“The move was f*cking dangerous, he’s moving always late, and one day we’ll have a huge crash. When you are at 320km/h, it’s more than dangerous.”
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Many were puzzled as to why the move was deemed a racing incident, but FIA race director Charlie Whiting feels the correct decision was made.
“I think it is impossible to say Kevin blocked him,” said Whiting.
“It was just that he had made the decision, he was going to go right, fractionally after Charles had.
“You have to look at it quite a few times and analyse it in a little detail to see that. But I think it was just unfortunate, and I think that is what the stewards felt.”