United States GP

Magnussen penalised for Kvyat overtake

Kevin Magnussen has been penalised for the overtake on Daniil Kvyat in the latter state of the United States Grand Prix.

The Dane, on fresher tyres and therefore much faster than the Toro Rosso overtook him into turn 12, but ran wide and off the circuit. With approaching traffic behind ready to lap them, the Renault driver stayed ahead despite gaining an advantage from the move.

As a result, he was given a five second penalty, which dropped him down to 12th, and two penalty points on his licence.

It was an otherwise positive drive for Magnussen, who is currently fighting to keep his place in the team. Despite qualifying not being the best, he was able to battle up the order at the end of the race on fresher tyres than those around him, before getting the penalty.

He said after the race, “We started with the plan for a one-stop strategy but we quickly realised that it wasn’t the best option so we swapped to a two and finally a three-stop strategy.

“It was tougher on tyre wear than we predicted but that did mean 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. It was a pretty decent race considering our qualifying position. The penalty is frustrating, but that’s racing sometimes.”

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