Renault driver Kevin Magnussen has been handed a five-second post-race time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage while overtaking Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat in the closing stages of the United States Grand Prix.

The Danish driver made a move on the Russian at Turn 12 but ran past the outer edge of the left-hander while keeping his position.

The FIA stewards called a hearing after the race and awarded a five-second time penalty handed to Magnussen, meaning he that he drops from eleventh to twelfth place in the final results, handing the position back to Kvyat.

“The penalty is frustrating, but that’s racing sometimes,” Magnussen said after the punishment was handed down.

“It was a pretty decent race considering our qualifying position [18th]. I was able to have some fun at the end of the race on the super-soft tyres – it was the most fun I’ve had in the car all season, being able to push hard to the chequered flag.”

Along with the five-second penalty, Magnussen was slapped with two penalty points to his Super License, bringing his rolling twelve-month tally up to four.

The stewards held a similar hearing for the late-race pass McLaren’s Fernando Alonso made on Williams driver Felipe Massa, which saw the latter pick up a slow puncture after the pair made wheel-to-wheel contact disputing sixth place.

Image via Renault Sport

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