Kevin Magnussen has slammed Fernando Alonso following their run-in during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Saturday, saying the Spaniard “thinks he is God” and that he cannot wait for the McLaren driver to retire.

Magnussen and Alonso went wheel-to-wheel at Turn 1 in the final stages of Q2, causing both drivers to lose their final laps and drop out of qualifying as a result.



Alonso moaned that Magnussen was “trying to race” at Turn 1, having himself tried to pass the Dane around the outside of the corner, but the stewards took no action over the incident.

“Fernando was intentionally trying to be close in the exit of Parabolica,” Magnussen explained.

“Even on the entry of Parabolica, he was intentionally trying to be close in order to have a perfect slipstream and overtake into Turn 1. It’s just disrespectful.

“We were kind of six or eight cars in a bit of a group, and at the exit of Ascari, Fernando was warming his brakes I think, not going fast. I’m going fast so I just cruised past him. But then for some reason he tries to accelerate and get close to me instead of creating a gap like everyone else is doing.

“Obviously he got a perfect slipstream and thought he could overtake into Turn 1, but I’d rather hang myself.”

Magnussen said he didn’t care to speculate why Alonso made the move, saying it was “just pretty stupid and unnecessary.”

“He thought he could have the perfect slipstream and overtake me and then gain,” Magnussen said.

“I’m not going to let him past me and sacrifice my own lap. No way. He thinks he’s God, but no way.

“He came to me after qualifying and laughed to my face. Just outright disrespectful.

“I can’t wait for him to retire.”

Asked if he was amused by Alonso’s comments in general, Magnussen said: “He talks about his laps being divine and what not, he literally thinks he’s a God. It’s quite amusing.”

When the comments were put to Alonso and he was asked if he had a response, the McLaren driver said: “Nothing.”


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