F1 rookie Kevin Magnussen felt the ire of the FIA Stewards after a ragged performance in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Dane, who crossed the finish line in sixth place, was subsequently demoted to twelfth after being hit with a 20-second post-race time penalty.
The closing stages of Sunday’s race saw Magnussen engaged in a tight four-way scrap for fifth position with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and the sister McLaren of Jenson Button.
The positions changed frequently behind him, courtesy of some wild defence against the trio in the final laps, which saw him force all three combatants wide through Les Combes and the following corner, Rivage.
While Vettel managed to get by with an aggressive move of his own down the start/finish straight, it was his earlier near-miss with Alonso along the Kemmel straight which was ultimately his undoing.
“The driver of car 20 was defending his position on the straight between turns 4 and 5, a significant portion of car 14 was alongside car 20. The driver of car 20 did not leave enough space for car 14 and forced the car off the track,” a statement from the FIA Stewards, which included former Grand Prix driver Emanuele Pirro on its panel, concluded.
The time penalty demoted Magnussen to twelfth, promoting Button, Alonso, Sergio Pérez and Daniil Kvyat further into the points, while also giving Nico Hülkenberg a point for tenth place.
Magnussen was also hit with two penalty points to his FIA Superlicense – adding to the two he earned for colliding with Kimi Räikkönen in Malaysia earlier this year – to take his tally to four.
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