Kevin Magnussen has launched a stinging attack on Fernando Alonso and said he cannot wait for the double world champion to retire.
The Haas driver also claimed that Alonso, who is quitting Formula One at the end of the year, acts like he is God.
Magnussen was reacting to a clumsy opening-bend incident which forced both drivers to abandon their final laps in the second phase of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso and Magnussen were both hauled in front of the stewards but no further action was taken.
‚ÄúHe [Alonso] came to me after qualifying and laughed to my face,‚ÄĚ Magnussen said. ‚ÄúIt is just outright disrespectful.”
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt wait for him to retire. He talks about his laps being divine. He literally thinks he‚Äôs a God. It‚Äôs quite amusing.‚ÄĚ
Alonso, who refused to respond to Magnussen‚Äôs remarks, used the Haas car as a slipstream along the main straight and then attempted to pass the Dane on the outside at the chicane.
The 37-year-old Spaniard ran over the kerbs, while Magnussen had to slow down to avoid a collision. Alonso laughed over the radio and claimed that Magnussen wanted to race.
Tempers spilt over into the pit lane with Zak Brown, McLaren‚Äôs chief executive, and Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, arguing in the moments after the incident.
Magnussen said: ‚ÄúObviously he got a perfect slipstream and thought he could overtake into turn one, but I‚Äôd rather hang myself.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not going to let him past me and sacrifice my own lap. He thinks he‚Äôs God, but no way. It was just pretty stupid and not necessary.”