Neither Kevin Magnussen nor Nicholas Latifi seem willing to take the blame for their collision in Lap 38 during the French Grand Prix and that ultimately ended the race for both drivers.
The dynamics of the incident is quite clear: Latifi tried to made a move inside the Haas at Turn 1 and was marginally ahead going into the right-hander immediately afterwards. However the cars made contact: the Williams's driver spun while Magnussen went off the track but managed to return and continue, but the damage suffered to each car led to the to retire of both cars in the next laps.
Both drivers weren't actually fighting for the points, but despite that the tone didn’t seem to be very calm when they discussed the incident with the media later, including MotorLAT, sharing their perspective of the incident.
“I haven’t seen a replay yet so you always have one perspective from in the car, when you think you’re not at fault for sure”, said the Canadian.
“I went for the move up the inside at Turn 1, we both went a little bit deep. I was quite a bit ahead into Turn 2, it felt like. I felt like I left enough room but again, I have to see the video.
“It’s normally a place where the radius of the corner kind of squeezes and narrows, so I thought the corner was mine and the position was mine at that point.
“So I’d have to see the replay. I definitely don’t feel I was at fault – maybe it’s a racing incident, 50-50.”
On the other side, Magnussen point of view was completely different: “He attacked, ran me out of road and then on the right-hander we made contact. From how I see it, there was nowhere I could really go except off the track and through the bollards, which at that point it was too late.”
“I think he should have given me more space but it’s too hard to say now – you’d have to go and see it again on television and judge from that.”
“A shame – we tried our best, we started last and had a good car on one-lap pace but not as good on long runs, so we struggled a little bit but gave it our best.”