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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen slams 'bulls**t' Austria track limits

After being one of ten drivers to receive a time penalty for contravening track limits during the Austrian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen was not shy to voice his displeasure at the situation.

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Kevin Magnussen has criticised the policing of track limits at the Red Bull Ring as 'bulls**t'.

Of the 20 drivers to start Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix, only George Russell and Fernando Alonso escaped without incurring a single track limits violation, with the majority of incidents occurring through the high-speed double right-hander at Turns 9 and 10.

Magnussen was one of ten drivers to receive a time penalty for exceeding track limits, and though it did not have a significant bearing on his race, the Dane was critical of the strict interpretation of track limits, and called for a better solution.

"It's a fun track, but it's bulls**t when it's like that," Magnussen told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It ruins the whole thing. You can't push. It's better when there's just a natural limit.

"I actually think this track does have a natural limit, with these low cars and these big curves.

"You wouldn't be going fast if you went over, but you can kind of go to all the way to the limit of that second curve, and then you get the track limits offence, so I think it's unnecessary.

"I know that the FIA is looking looking at a better solution."

Magnussen on latest incident with 'desperate' de Vries

Magnussen finished the Grand Prix in 18th place after having started from the pit lane, and was involved in two separate incidents with Nyck de Vries during the course of the race, with the Dutchman receiving a five-second penalty for the second incident in which he was adjudged to have forced Magnussen off the track.

The two drivers had previously had a coming together during the Canadian Grand Prix, when de Vries locked up and took both drivers down the escape road, and Magnussen suggested that there was an element of desperation to the Dutchman's driving, with key figures at Red Bull and AlphaTauri having been critical of his recent performances.

"It did put me off, but I guess he's racing for his future and maybe in a bit of a desperate situation, so nothing I can say, really. He got a penalty, so it is what it is," said Magnussen.

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