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.