Kevin Magnussen: “The five second penalty was fair”


Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kevin Magnussen felt the penalty handed out to him by the stewards at the Red Bull Ring was fair after admitting fault of moving more times that are allowed to defend his position from Pascal Wehrlein.

The Danish driver was fighting the German for position but weaved down the track between turns one and two to hold off the challenge of the Manor Racing driver, leaving the Renault Sport F1 driver with a five second time penalty, which he took at his final pit stop.

Magnussen finished the Austrian Grand Prix down in fourteenth position, well outside the points, even if he felt his RS16 was working well around the Red Bull Ring track.

“The car felt good today and we made a reasonable first stint,” said Magnussen. “Unfortunately the safety car didn’t work for us and after that we weren’t able to deliver the pace to get a stronger result. That said, both cars were there at the end which wasn’t the same for a few teams today.

“The five second penalty was fair enough as I did move more than once and you’re not allowed to do that; equally I didn’t know which way he was looking to try to pass and sometimes it’s difficult to make the right call.

“Now we’re looking forward to Silverstone, which is pretty much my home track.”