Kevin Magnussen to start Bahrain GP from pit lane

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Kevin Magnussen will start Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix from the pit lane after failing to stop for a weight check during practice on Friday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Magnussen finished second practice in 16th place for Renault, but failed to stop for a mandatory FIA weight check when requested during the session.

“The driver failed to stop for weighing during P2 when signalled to do so by the red traffic light, the car was not returned to the FIA garage and work was undertaken,” a statement from the stewards read.

“In accordance with Article 29.1 iv) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the driver is required to start from the pit lane.”

Magnussen felt pleased with his Friday running, having said earlier in the weekend that Renault could target its first points of the season in Bahrain.

“We got through all of today’s programme and logged plenty of running so it’s been a good day and I’m happy,” Magnussen said.

“We’ll work hard this evening to analyse all our data as usual and see if we can find more pace as we’re not yet as strong as we were in Melbourne relative to our rivals.

“It’ll be interesting to see what the weather does as well; today’s temperatures did have an effect on the tires. We’ve seen rain this week so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

However, Magnussen hopes of reaching the top 10 have now taken a serious blow with his pit lane start, leaving Renault with plenty of work to do on Sunday.