Magnussen handed post-race penalty following Palmer clash


Kevin Magnussen was handed a ten-second post-race penalty and two penalty points on his Superlicence after a clash with Renault Sport F1 team-mate Jolyon Palmer during Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The team-mates came together on the final lap of the race while battling for thirteenth position on the road, and the stewards at the Circuit de Catalunya deemed the Danish driver responsible.

The ten-second penalty relegates Magnussen to fifteenth on the road, dropping behind the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, while Palmer was able to continue unabated, taking the chequered flag in thirteenth.

Magnussen had caught Palmer due to being on a fresher set of the Soft Pirelli tyre in the final stint, but the Dane pushed his team-mate off the track at turn thirteen.

“Car 20 was on a new set of soft tyres, and Car 30 was on an older set of hard tyres leading the driver of Car 20 to have significantly better grip and speed,” said the statement from the stewards.

“However, the Stewards determined that Car 20 could not have reasonably expected to make the corner of Turn 13 without colliding with Car 30, which was subsequently forced off the track.

“The Stewards imposed the penalty referred to, which was converted to a time penalty after the race as the cars were on the last lap.”