It was an extraordinary Saturday for Haas, both drivers had an outstanding qualifying with Magnussen in 5th and Schumacher in 6th respectively, everything was looking good.
Unfortunately, Sunday was not to be. On the first lap, Magnussen had a brush with Hamilton, which both Haas and the Danish driver argued was minor and the front wing had no major damage. However, there was a third one that the American team did not count on: Esteban Ocon.
The Frenchman was chasing Kevin when he suddenly caught a glimpse of the detail on car number 20. Without wasting any time, Ocon contacted race control with the following statement: "Yeah, I can see it's hanging on, it's going to fall. If he loses it, I'm going to hit it in the face."
The Frenchman had no way of knowing whether race control would listen to him or not, but it was worth a try and in the end, he got his way when at the end of lap 7, K-Mag was called in for a pit stop to replace his front wing, and thus, Ocon was able to move up a position.
After that event, Mick Schumacher was forced out of the race due to a suspected power unit problem, leaving on the track his chance to score his first F1 points.
As expected, after the race and after finishing 17th on the grid, the Danish driver was upset, arguing that the Frenchman had even made a joke about it.
"I was just talking to Ocon now and he was joking how he told the FIA that it was really bad," Magnussen said.
He argues that if you know that by communicating with race control, they are going to listen to you, you will obviously try to do that to try to get an advantage in the race.
The Dane also recalled that Hamilton was allowed to finish the race with half a front wing in 2021. "Think back to Jeddah last year, Lewis Hamilton won the race with half a front wing, which I think is correct. Let us race if we can", while later arguing that his wing was not broken and stating that it is because of this type of situation that drivers and teams find themselves in a position where they have to figure out the rules for themselves, to which he also added: "It feels like suddenly very different. In Monaco they don't start us because it started drizzling, and then here I'm called in because I have a scratch on my front wing."
This event with the French driver prompted a change of strategy for Haas, which not only involved a pit stop for a wing change, but also a change of tyres to the hard compound in order to finish the race without wasting time and without having to pit again. Magnussen has not lost hope.
"You're still trying to fight your way into the points, you never know what can happen, so you're pushing as hard as you can. Nothing came out of it today, but we'll try again next time."
Luck was not on Haas's side at the Canadian GP, as what started as a promising race ended as an absolute nightmare.