Tangling with Lewis Hamilton as FP2 drew to a close in Baku, Kevin Magnussen says the Brit’s behaviour out on track was “completely unnecessary.”
Never one to back down from a fight, even in a practice session, both drivers were heading back to the pits when Hamilton went to overtake Magnussen.
The Dane was having none of that and cut Hamilton off at the apex.
This resulted in a slight brush with sparks flying from the Mercedes driver’s front wing.
Hamilton then lets Magnussen past a lap later into the castle section – note Hamilton's left hand leave the steering wheel, though clearly not to change any settings on the wheel. #AzerbaijanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/DsTdrxBaE5
— Peke_Formula1 (@Peke_Formula1) April 26, 2019
Magnussen feels Hamilton was to blame, saying his actions were “completely unnecessary.”
The Express quotes him as having told Danish publication BT: “There was a yellow flag on that lap, and we’ve been told to abort our laps if there is a yellow.
“And then it was also the end of the session.
“So I don’t know why he was rushing so much.
“It was completely unnecessary.”
However, not everyone agrees with the Haas driver.
Former driver turned Sky Sports commentator Karun Chandhok said: “They were on laps. They were going slowly, just let him past.
“I don’t get why Kevin seems to get himself involved in trouble a lot in a free practice session when it really doesn’t matter.”
Fellow commentator Paul di Resta added: “I think he’s taken it a little too far in practice.”