Kevin Magnussen says he feels “let down by the FIA” over his penalty for failing to rejoin the track correctly when he went off at turn two.
“We have this turn two which is a crap corner,” he said. “It’s just stupid. Just put gravel there or something.
“I know there’s a lot of I’m not a safety expert, I never will be. But I think the way it happened today was that I missed that corner, went through a lot of crap off-line on the run-off, lost a hell of a lot of time and got penalised by my own fault.
“The FIA did not have to do anything because I didn’t completely miss, it wasn’t black or white. And yet they chose to give me a penalty.”
Drivers were told that “any driver who fails to negotiate turn two by using the track, and who passes completely to the left of the first orange kerb element prior to the apex, must rejoin the track by driving to the left of the white blocks and remaining to the left of the orange block in the run off.”
“We’ve been told that if you miss both of the kerbs you have to take both of the bollards,” said Magnussen. “I did one-and-a-half missed. So you could say it’s a grey area and they had a choice and still they chose to give a penalty.”
Magnussen said the penalty “overshadowed” what had been a good race for him. “I can’t even say disappointed it is more like you know I feel let down by the FIA.”
“I have a feeling that they’ve made a mistake and that they’re going to see that and do a better job next time,” he added. “They’re human as well so they they can make mistakes but I hope they see that they’ve made a mistake.”
He pointed out other drivers have committed similar violations in the past without being penalised. “We’ve seen [it] many times,” said Magnussen. “I can remember Barcelona where someone went off the track in turn a load of times with no consequence.”
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