A furious Kevin Magnussen claimed “nobody gave an F about the rules” after feeling he was robbed of a Q2 appearance at the Turkish Grand Prix.
On the first F1 weekend in Istanbul for nine years, qualifying became something of a lottery as a newly-resurfaced track combined with a wet session to shake up the usual order.
Q1 was stopped due to heavy rain with just under seven minutes remaining and when it resumed, with cars spinning all over the circuit, double yellow flags were waved during the final laps when Nicholas Latifi ‘beached’ his Williams in the gravel.
That meant drivers were obliged to slow down and even abort their lap, but nevertheless several improved their times as they chased a place in Q2 and Magnussen dropped rapidly down the standings from P7 to end up in P16 – three places above his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean, who was another to spin out.
It may not have been the end of the matter, however, for the stewards announced they would look into the improvements in lap times after the completion of the entire session, so there was still a chance the Dane could move up the grid as a result of rivals incurring penalties.
A tough one to take this afternoon, with Q2 in our sights, but the yellow flags went against Kevin in Q1.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 14, 2020
But that did nothing to placate the angry Dane who, speaking shortly after he had got out of the car, hit out at both his fellow drivers and the rules that denied him a potential chance to fight for a higher position in a session when Lance Stroll secured his first ever F1 pole.
“There was a yellow flag all of the lap and everyone improved,” said Magnussen, who is being released by Haas when his contract expires at the end of the season.
“I backed off for those yellow flags, everyone seemed to be improving. I was P7 and I got knocked out, so clearly nobody gave an ‘F’. People didn’t respect the rules.
“They have to look at it during the session and delete those lap times because now I’m out and apparently I was the only one who backed out and respected those rules that we have. They need to abort the lap if there’s double yellow flags, which there was.
“I should be running now. I was P7 and didn’t push because there was yellow flags. Clearly the track improved and I’m p***ed off.”