Magnussen and Bianchi receive penalty points

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Kevin Magnussen and Jules Bianchi have had penalty points added to their licenses for infractions during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Each driver was give two points, their first of the season, for the incidents they were involved in.

Bianchi was held responsible for the collision at turn four on the first lap for which he also received a five second time penalty during the race.

However Bianchi insisted he was not to blame: “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.”

“Quite simply I could not avoid Maldonado – there was nothing I could do.”

Magnussen got the same treatment from the stewards after making contact with Kimi Raikkonen at turn one, leaving the Ferrari with a puncture.

However Magnussen took the blame for his penalty: “I’m sorry for the team that I messed things up going into the second corner, with the incident with Kimi.”

“I think we could have scored some good points today, so I’m disappointed with and for myself, too.”

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48 comments on Magnussen and Bianchi receive penalty points

  1. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 30th March 2014, 12:57

    Bianchi’s penalty is ridiculous. He was doing everything possibke to slow his car after taking a whack from behind. Stewards need to look at the facts

    • OOliver said on 30th March 2014, 18:17

      I guess the reason for Biachi’s penalty is because was trying to overtake a car from the inside and was taking a very tight line into the corner, but it was really more of a racing accident.

  2. Not seen replays of Bianchi so can’t judge. Thought Magnussen’s was a racing incident.

  3. Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 30th March 2014, 13:31

    While I understand the concept of penalty points to deter drivers from unsafe or unsporting actions, how exactly does it make sense to penalize a driver for an action out of his control? Unsafe releases from the pit box are wholly in the team’s hands, as the driver cannot know if all for wheels are mounted properly until they’ve already departed the box. I dislike being so cynical as to apply my work idiom of “if it makes sense, do something else,” but really, FIA? The logical thing to do is deduct Constructor’s points for team infractions that do not unfairly give advantage to a driver. Considering the RB10 isn’t quicker with three wheels, it’s incomprehensible to me that Riccardo should be given a ten-second stop-and-go penalty for something he was powerless to avoid.

  4. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 30th March 2014, 13:35

    Magnussen’s penalty is absolutely ludicrous. What did Raikkonen expect him to do? If you run wide and leave a gap more than big enough for a car to pass through, you shouldn’t be surprised if a driver chooses to pass through the gap. Raikkonen opened the door and then slammed it in Kevin’s face. At absolute worst it was a racing incident.

    It’s almost as if now that we have DRS, the FIA views it as the only acceptable form of overtaking. Opportunistic overtaking is a thing of the past.

  5. George (@george) said on 30th March 2014, 14:10

    I’ve been against the penalty points rule since it was announced, now seeing how liberal they’re being with it is very worrying. As I said before, deciding if a driver should be banned should be a stewarding decision taking the evidence into account, not because they’ve collected an arbitrary number of small offenses.

    • Hardik Panjwani said on 31st March 2014, 5:40

      I think the penalty points make sense as it would force erratic drivers to correct for their earlier actions. But there needs to be a lot more restraint in handing them out, the incidents today were racing incidents. The penalty points should be reserved for monumentally stupid actions.

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 30th March 2014, 14:42

    Really, what are these stewards thinking? The contract already messed up his race due to the front wing change and the 5 seconds penalty … Penalties seem to be very harsh this year.

  7. naz3012 (@naz3012) said on 30th March 2014, 15:32

    The stewards are setting a dangerously high precedent here, does this mean every similar collision will result in two points? Considering impeding in quali is also a two point offence (presumably making ignoring blue flags in a race a two point offence also), i’m struggling to see where a one point offence might be applied.
    That also paves the way for a 3 or 4 point deduction for a more serious accident (think maldonado at the start at monaco last year) then maybe 5 points for a “grosjean at spa” style pile-up.
    At this rate, it won’t be long till a driver is banned for committing only 3 or 4 offences, which in isolation could all be relatively minor.

  8. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 31st March 2014, 0:40

    F1 is turning into basket…

  9. Hest said on 31st March 2014, 11:15

    Magnussens 5s penalty is ok if they really want to “teach him a lesson” but the two points are redicilous.
    They are ment for dangerous and hazzardus driving, not for bumping another car. Do they want to give penalty points for every driver who touches a car in the future?

    F1 is not the top of racing anymore with the latest rulings. It has become a club of sunday drivers. If thats what they want to turn it into, then we will be done with the races in a couple of years

  10. Brian (@bealzbob) said on 31st March 2014, 14:13

    If Magnussen’s incident is the kind of thing that earns you penalty points then I fear the powers-that-be have once again found a way of making F1 a bit more rubbish. That was a racing incident. Nothing more. A ridiculous decision.

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