Pierre Gasly calls Kevin Magnussen “the most dangerous guy I have ever raced with” after the pair collided toward the end of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
On the final Safety Car restart with five laps remaining, Gasly got a run on Magnussen and was attempting to pass the Haas on the run to the finish line. With both drivers doing in excess of 180mph, Magnussen moved to his left and the pair touched, before again moving toward the pit wall as Gasly started to pull alongside for a second time.
“Kevin is the most dangerous guy I have ever raced with,” Gasly says. “He literally put me in the wall at 300kph at the restart and completely ruined the race. I would have been in the worst case P10 at the last restart, so this is one thing.
“We knew that until the end everything could happen, and actually it happened. The Safety Car came out, we pitted and were P11. I knew points were on the table. I was going to pass [Magnussen] just before the Safety Car line one, went on the side, and he just put me in the wall right in the middle and took half of my floor out.
“Both my front wheels went in the air, broke my right mirror and bent my steering as well. After that I was just trying to survive until the end of the race. There was almost no point to race after that.”
Magnussen was handed a ten-second time penalty for the incident, the same punishment that Gasly received for colliding with his teammate at the hairpin in the last race in China. Calling the penalty “ridiculous,” the Toro Rosso driver says he spoke to Magnussen after the race but didn’t accept his excuse.
“Yeah, he told me he didn’t see me because he had vibrations and damage, but honestly I don’t care about all this. At some point safety, and at 300kph, he did all the race like this. I knew exactly what he was doing, and he put me in the wall.
“He’s been always like this. He’s been always racing hard. I don’t mind racing drivers which are hard, but like this is just way over the limit. You don’t put someone in the wall at 300kph.”