Penalty Points For Magnussen, Bianchi and Bottas

by Vince Pettit

Kevin Magnussen finished the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend in the points, but unfortunately for the McLaren rookie he also gained two penalty points on his F1 Superlicence after causing a collision with Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race.

The Danish driver lost out with a broken wing and a five-second stop-go penalty but also gains 2 points on his licence, any driver who earns 12 points over the course of the season will receive a one-race ban.

Speaking after the accident Magnussen said sorry to the team for ruining the race “I’m sorry for the team that I messed it up in the first corner,” Magnussen said. “I think we could have had some good points today.” (Read more from Magnussen here.)

Jules Bianchi also faced the wrath of the F1 stewards and gained two points following an accident with Pastor Maldonado at turn 4 on the opening lap. “Unfortunately the situation with Maldonado was a consequence of what happened off the start, when Vergne hit me from behind and punctured my left rear tyre,” Bianchi said.

“Quite simply I could not avoid Maldonado; there was nothing I could do. We came in to change the tyres and to fit a new front wing but when I returned to the track the car was not easy to drive and we suspected a problem with the brakes.

“We could not continue to drive this way and had no choice but to retire. It was disappointing to end my race after 8 laps and this is not the reward the Team deserves after a week where we seemed to make good progress through the sessions.”

Another driver to gain penalty points over the weekend was Williams driver Valtteri Bottas who also had two points added to his licence after holding up Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying.

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