Two penalty points for Kevin Magnussen after Nicholas Latifi incident
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen has been given two penalty points following his forceful duel with Nicholas Latifi at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Magnussen and Latifi were battling at the back of the order during the race, and at one stage through Stowe corner Magnussen went off the track in defence.
But his decision to swerve aggressively back onto the track and hit the side of Latifi’s Williams FW43 rightfully caught the attention of the Stewards.
During the race he was given a five-second time penalty, and the Stewards have also decided to add two penalty points to his superlicence, taking his total for the 12-month period to three.
In their report on the incident, the Stewards wrote: “Latifi was making a pass on the inside of Magnussen at Turn 15.
“The stewards determined that at the exit of the corner, Magnussen left the track unnecessarily and then re-joined the track aggressively, striking Latifi’s car. Compounding this, the stewards felt that by leaving the track Magnussen was able to maintain his position.”
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Magnussen retired from the race with seven laps to go, and Haas revealed it was due to concern in the garage about the vibrations from his tyres.
The Danish driver had pitted twice in the opening 21 laps, and that five-second penalty meant there was little to gain for Haas with Magnussen struggling at the back of the pack.
Speaking to the Haas website, Magnussen said: “The car just hasn’t performed this weekend as we know it can. We know it can perform, especially on a Sunday in race conditions. It just hasn’t happened this weekend.
“We had the crash last Sunday, and I think the parts that we put on as replacements, the floor and so on – they’re old parts, I can’t really say what else it could be. In my mind that has to be it as the car can be a lot better than this.
“It simply hasn’t worked this weekend and that’s unfortunate.
“I had a great start again, so I’ll take that away as a positive and try and continue to keep doing that. We know in normal circumstances the car is more competitive in the race than it is in qualifying. We need to keep getting those good starts and fight in those positions.”
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Elaborating on Haas’ decision to withdraw Magnussen from the race, team principal Guenther Steiner said: “It wasn’t a good afternoon. We tried again with our strategy to do different things, but it didn’t work out.
“We had to retire Kevin (Magnussen) at the end of the race as there were vibrations and we were not sure anymore how badly they’d affect the suspension.
“Romain (Grosjean), at some stage, we thought we could get through with a one-stop. We weren’t sure and we didn’t want to take a risk as obviously to get into the points is very difficult anyway. So there was no point to risk anything.
“We are happy to be leaving Silverstone, as nice as it was here with the weather and the sunshine, but we want to move on to the next race.”
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