Magnussen ‘overstepped the line but…’

Date published: May 19 2020

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Kevin Magnussen concedes he has “overstepped the line” in some of his on-track battles but says he is not the only one who has done so.

Magnussen has proved a divisive figure with his rivals.

The Dane clashed with Nico Hulkenberg at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, leading to the iconic “suck my balls” comment.

He also tangled with Fernando Alonso at the 2018 British GP, with the double World Champion labelling the Haas driver as “very dangerous”.

It didn’t end there as the duo were again in the thick of it during qualifying for the Italian GP with Magnussen accusing Alonso of behaving “like a god”.

Earlier that year there was also an incident with Pierre Gasly in Baku with the Frenchman saying Magnussen was the “most dangerous guy I have ever raced with”.

But while Magnussen admits he has crossed the line, he feels he is not the only one to step out of bounds.

“There are certainly some drivers who have had some issues with it and complained about it and I’m the first to admit that I have overstepped the line at some points,” he said in an F1 Instragram live interview.

“But I don’t think I’m the only one who’s done that.”

The Dane defended the antics, though, saying one has to be in the limit in the midfield battle given how tight it is, and how much every point matters to the teams involved.

He added:  “The thing is, the last few years, I’ve been battling right in the midfield and often in the midfield, if you’re in P10 and you’re getting caught from behind from P11 or the other way round… there’s that one point to gain… and there’s not really a lot to lose.

“I’ve had had very tough battles for P10. Some of them were over the limit.

“The way I see it is: You’ve got to take it to the limit, not over the limit, for sure, but you’ve got to take it to the limit with your driving style.

“You have to not take it over the line but to the line, but sometimes that can be hard to find; certainly it’s better to take it under not over.”

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