Kevin Magnussen sided with Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver's overtake on Max Verstappen during Chinese Grand Prix qualifying contributed to the Red Bull man failing to deliver a final flying lap. Magnussen and Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean also missed out as a result of chaotic traffic in Q3.
Verstappen was enraged by Vettel and the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg overtaking him and forcing him to drop back, ultimately preventing him from crossing the start-finish line before the chequered flag fell.
Magnussen was involved in a similarly racy incident with Fernando Alonso at Monza last year, which resulted in both drivers' laps being compromised – although he said this incident was more clear cut the other way.
"It was pretty messy so at the end of the lap everyone was trying to, I guess, get started, but also have somebody in front," Magnussen said.
"So it ended up being too much and costs a few guys the lap.