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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen assesses de Vries incident: Who am I to complain?

Kevin Magnussen and Nyck de Vries clashed on Lap 36 of the Canadian Grand Prix, with both drivers having since given their take on what happened.

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Kevin Magnussen has suggested that he is not in a position to complain over his clash with Nyck de Vries during the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Dane had been battling with de Vries on Lap 36 of the event when they made contact as the AlphaTauri attempted a move up the inside at Turn 4, leading to both drivers ending up in the run-off area.

Each was able to reverse and return to the track but it proved to be a difficult afternoon for both, with Magnussen finishing in P17 while de Vries ended the day in P18 and last.

Magnussen: It was unlucky for me

Reflecting on the incident, Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I think he had the inside but then he outbraked himself and couldn't make the corner.

"I was on the outside, and I was blocked and ended up on the run-off with him, so that was unlucky for me."

While the two had already fought hard into Turn 2, Magnussen was not critical of de Vries.

"He was racing pretty hard, that's for sure, but who am I to complain about that?" the Haas driver said.

"I think the problem was he missed his braking in Turn 3 and took me with him. I don't think he did that on purpose."

De Vries: A racing incident

De Vries similarly deemed the collision a "racing incident".

"We were just racing each other hard through [Turns] 1, 2, and I undercut and was on the dirt," the Dutchman said.

"[We were] pushing each other hard into that braking point and I locked up and went straight [on]. [It was] kind of a racing fight and incident.

"I felt like I had the momentum and I thought I kind of had him, but then he almost went through the grass on the kerb to get me back and we were just fighting. I guess that's racing."

Had it not been for the incident, de Vries acknowledges that he may have achieved a higher finish.

"Certainly we would have finished higher up but, if we are honest to ourselves, I don't think we had the package to fight for points," he added.

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