Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll have received a three-place grid penalties for impeding Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean during US GP Qualifying.
Both drivers have also had one penalty point placed on his super licence for the incident in Q1. It takes Magnussen onto eight points for the 12-month period, although two will be removed on Monday, while it is Stroll’s first penalty point
Magnussen had set the slowest time in qualifying, while Stroll was only 17th, but both were set to move up the grid with Max Verstappen, Nico Hulkenberg, Stoffel Vandoorne and Brendon Hartley taking hefty grid penalties for engine component changes.
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Magnussen accepted the blame for his incident, claiming his Haas team incorrectly advised him that Perez was not on a flying lap.
“He was on a fast lap but I was told that he was on an out lap so I didn’t let him through,” he told Sky F1. “I can understand if he’s pretty angry about that.
“I can only say it was a mistake and I’m sorry. I definitely impeded his lap and that gets you a penalty, so I’m expecting a penalty.”
Perez made it through to Q3 but could only manage the 10th fastest time and the Mexican said being blocked by Magnussen had compromised his chances.
“It’s extremely disappointing. I had the pace to be at the very least P8 or P7 today,” Perez said.
“My qualifying was compromised massively by Magnussen when he blocked me in Q1. I had to use an extra set of tyres, which meant I went into Q3 with a single set. So that hurt me a lot.
“He obviously didn’t do it on purpose but quite often it’s him, or Haas, getting it wrong. I think it’s something that they have to improve on.”
Haas' Romain Grosjean had brilliant reactions to avoid the Williams of Lance Stroll who veered off the racing line.
Grosjean and Stroll nearly collided on the exit of the penultimate corner after the Frenchman came up behind the slow Williams.
Grosjean, already on the verge of track limits, decided to try and pass Stroll on the outside, only for the teenager to also move to the right as he attempted to get off the racing line – forcing Grosjean to take evasive action.
While the stewards acknowledged Stroll did what he could, they deemed it “potentially a very dangerous situation” and said Williams should have done more to warn the Canadian of Grosjean’s approach.
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