Magnussen handed 20 second time penalty for Alonso clash


McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen has lost his sixth place finish in today’s Belgian Grand Prix after the stewards deemed him to have forced Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso off of the track when battling for position.

In the final stages of the race, Magnussen was defending P5 from Alonso, teammate Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. However, in order to keep the Ferrari driver back, he forced him off-track heading down the Kemmel Straight, prompting an investigation from the stewards.

Magnussen eventually finished the race in sixth place behind Vettel, with Alonso down in eighth. However, the Dane has now been demoted to 12th place after receiving a 20 second time penalty.

“The driver of car 20 [Magnussen] was defending his position on the straight between turns four and five, a significant portion of car 14 [Alonso] was alongside car 20.

“The driver of car 20 did not leave enough space for car 14 and forced the car off the track.”

As a result of this penalty, Button, Alonso, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat, Nico Hulkenberg and Jean-Eric Vergne all move up one position, with Hulkenberg getting the final point for tenth place.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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