During the opening lap of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamiton and Kevin Magnussen made contact at turn four of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya resulting in both drivers dropping towards the back of the field. For many fans, the finger was firmly pointed at the Haas driver Magnussen, despite the stewards declaring it a racing incident with no further action. New evidence appears to show that it was in fact the Mercedes driver was most at fault, with clear footage showing Lewis hitting Magnussen.
After the contact, Magnussen was forced off the track and into the gravel, resulting in the Dane falling to the back of the field. Hamilton slowed significantly nursing a rear puncture and limped into the pits for new tyres. The British driver then fought his way back through the field, finishing in fifth place ultimately, despite asking the team to retire the car initially.
The Kevin/Lewis collision from Mick’s POV pic.twitter.com/Z3EoKpf9cO
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A lot of Lewis Hamilton fanatics pointed their collective finger at Kevin Magnussen, blaming the Haas driver for causing the failure of perhaps the brightest start to a Grand Prix for Lewis this season. Indeed the onboard footage did appear to show Magnussen close in on Hamilton, forcing contact near the apex of turn four, but new evidence has emerged with onboard footage taken from the following car of Mick Schumacher.
The footage clearly shows Hamilton losing control of his harder tyre shod Mercedes and hitting Magnussen who had given plenty of room whilst trying to go side by side through the turn, the Dane no doubt hoping to then get the favourable inside line of turn five afterwards.
Regardless, the biggest loser turned out to be the Dane who failed to make any real impact from the back of the field whilst Lewis scored good points for Mercedes.