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Magnussen handed 20 second time penalty for Alonso clash

Aug 24, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Belgium F1 GP Auto Racing AP

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen has lost his sixth place finish in today’s Belgian Grand Prix after the stewards deemed him to have forced Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso off of the track when battling for position.

In the final stages of the race, Magnussen was defending P5 from Alonso, teammate Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. However, in order to keep the Ferrari driver back, he forced him off-track heading down the Kemmel Straight, prompting an investigation from the stewards.

Magnussen eventually finished the race in sixth place behind Vettel, with Alonso down in eighth. However, the Dane has now been demoted to 12th place after receiving a 20 second time penalty.

“The driver of car 20 [Magnussen] was defending his position on the straight between turns four and five, a significant portion of car 14 [Alonso] was alongside car 20.

“The driver of car 20 did not leave enough space for car 14 and forced the car off the track.”

As a result of this penalty, Button, Alonso, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat, Nico Hulkenberg and Jean-Eric Vergne all move up one position, with Hulkenberg getting the final point for tenth place.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Eh,like Alonso never ran a guy off the track.


  2. techmeister1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Magnusson is driving just a little too aggressively for his own good. This makes the third or forth time this year he’s be punished. All he needs to do is back off a smidge and he’ll be fine.

  3. wrlegrand - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    This is why I have a hard time really getting behind Formula 1 racing. The guy did absolutely nothing that jeopardized the rules. He simply used his knowledge of the track to make it difficult for the competitors to get by. Is that not what racing is supposed to be about? For Pete’s sake, this just seems ridiculous to me…

  4. manik56 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    What a joke

  5. techmeister1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Failing to leave sufficient room on a straight is blocking. He got what he deserved. This is not the first or second time he has had issue this season and it’s unlikely it will be the last. Some people have to learn the hard way.

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