Jun.23 - F1 drivers can "effortlessly" influence the FIA during grands prix, according to Haas' Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane was ordered to pit during the recent Canadian GP after Esteban Ocon, who was following Magnussen in his Alpine, complained on the radio that a piece of the Haas' front wing could fly off and hit him in the head.

"I had slight contact and a scratch on the front wing," Magnussen said. "But everything was safe - nothing had broken off."

He says the forced pitstop cost him points, and that Frenchman Ocon had even admitted afterwards that he knew the F1 race director would be listening to his radio message.

"I saw Ocon in parc ferme and he admitted that he wasn't entirely unselfish about it," said Magnussen.

"All I can say about that is that if you can influence the FIA so effortlessly and gain an advantage for yourself, then good. Esteban got away with it this time.

"But let's think back to Jeddah last year, where Lewis won the race with half a front wing, which I think is a good thing. They should just let us drive.

"Especially with sh*t like mine, which was really nothing," he is quoted by t-online.


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11 F1 Fan comments on “Magnussen claims Ocon's radio message influenced race control in last GP

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    My take on F1's 'woke' direction: You Euro/Brits need to start shouting. We true American fans need your help. Take back your sport. It's fading fast.

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    • who_cares

      it'll take a few years unfortunately

      first it will need to get worse

      profits will nosedive

      then f1 will make some empty gestures to try win back fans

      rinse and repeat

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    • who_cares

      it seems drivers can issue penalties now

      this is what happens when you hire weak yes men who have no f*cking clue how to do their jobs

      i could imagine charlie rolling over in his grave if he could see the asshats who inherited his role

      kmag & hass got majorly screwed by a clear abuse of power by the stewards

      BUT

      it was clumsy on kmags part and he needs to stop putting himself in no win situations

      hass simply can't afford to throw away points

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  2. who_cares

    it seems drivers can issue penalties now

    this is what happens when you hire weak yes men who have no f*cking clue how to do their jobs

    i could imagine charlie rolling over in his grave if he could see the asshats who inherited his role

    kmag & hass got majorly screwed by a clear abuse of power by the stewards

    BUT

    it was clumsy on kmags part and he needs to stop putting himself in no win situations

    hass simply can't afford to throw away points

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  3. smokey

    I was of the belief that, following the Abu Dhabi debacle over radio messages last year, two way radio messages between race director and drivers was no longer permitted. It seems I am mistaken, although as long as such comments are permitted then drivers will always do what they can to have a car in front of them disappear! I understand the need for the race director to be able to provide instructions to individual drivers, however, there should not be the capability of drivers to converse directly with the race director. Radio communications with the race director should be one way only, from the race director. That's how it is run in speedway racing. No chance for unnecessary back-chat or dissention!

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  4. John B

    Sadly lamenting Charlie

    The so called race directors don't seem to have a clue 🤔

    The rules are too weildy for mere humans to understand and make informed decisions accurately under the pressure put on them during race conditions

    The directors should not be influenced by whinging arseholes of drivers who are and will always be also rans

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